Earth Week Challenge – Reduce Your Shower Time

We got 5-minute shower timers a few years back. It seemed everyone was in there for 30 minutes! What a difference those timers make on the gas bill. 😂 PS: I still need 10 minutes myself 🤣 but whatever your number a few less minutes makes a huge impact. 
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If everyone saved just one gallon, it would be two times more water saved than is currently drawn daily from the Great Lakes!  This not only saves water, but it saves you money on heating the excess water too. 💦 🚿 💲💧 

It’s amazing how just shortening your shower by THREE minutes can really add up to savings!  We experienced a big windfall when we bought those timers for each shower.  My sons had a competition to see who could completely shower in 5 minutes – the only rule was they had to actually wash!

Bottom line savings – $$-$$$   If everyone in a family of four showers daily, and drops their shower time from 10 minutes to 7 minutes, that equates to saving 3,300 gallons of water and over $450 in gas bill savings.  Now that’s the smart way to clean up on heating cost savings.   

BONUS: if you replace typical 3 GPM (gallon per minute) showerheads with low-flow heads (2.5 GPM), you can pocket another $150.  

AN EXTRA BONUS: Most water heaters are set higher than need be, usually at 130 or 140 deg. F.  Not only is this a scalding risk, it wastes a load of energy and money.  Here is how you can lower your hot water heater to 120 deg F, and save yourself another 4-20% in annual energy costs.

Look for other ways to reduce water use! Can you water your yard less, add a rain barrel or switch some areas to zero-scape?

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