Growing up, I liked to take long showers. I would just stand there in the hot water, oblivious to the mounting gas bill, wishing I could just go back to bed. I mean, who doesn’t like to be enveloped in warmth, and who likes standing in that cold air once the shower is off (unless it’s summertime and you don’t have A/C)?
But obviously wasting all that water (heated water, mind you) isn’t the most frugal practice, now is it? So here’s a couple tips to keep in mind during your morning routine:
Turn off the shower
When you’re lathering up with soap or scrubbing the shampoo or conditioner into your hair, turn off the water. Granted, if you don’t have much hair to shampoo (like me) or your shower faucet wastes as much water being turned off and on than when they’re running, then this tip might not have as much relevance to you.
I first learned of this technique through my sister-in-law. No, I wasn’t spying on her in the shower. I was informed by my wife that her sister takes very long showers, but she turns off the water for much of it. Whether it be shaving her legs or scrubbing down, she only runs the water when she needs it.
Turn off the water when brushing teeth or shaving
When you’re at the sink shaving your face, it’s easy to just leave the water running since your hands might be tied up contorting your face into weird positions to get the smoothest shave. Or when you’re brushing your teeth, you leave it on because you don’t think you’re really using it for long.
Well I challenge you to do this. Next time you shave or brush your teeth, close the sink drain and see how much water you have when you’re done. Heck, it might even overflow the sink (please don’t do that)! Now you know how much water you waste each day. Depending on your sink size, it could be more than a gallon combined. Do that every day, and that’s 365 gallons per year! Now just think how many other people run the water needlessly. Yeah, it really starts adding up, huh?
So just be more conscious of your water usage during your daily routines. It may be convenient to leave the water running, but if you try turning it off more often, I guarantee you’ll be shocked at your new, lower utility bills. Plus you’ll leave more water in the reservoir for the fishies and stuff 🙂