Shower Better Month

October is national Shower Better Month! Why do we need to shower better? Showering accounts for as much as 17 percent of all of your indoor water usage and you have complete control over how much water you use!

Here are a few easy steps to reduce the amount of water – and still get the job done – to shower better!

  1. Replace your showerheads with a WaterSense labeled one. The EPA estimates the average family can save 2,900 gallons of water a year just by using a water efficient shower head.
  2. Replace your showerheads with a WaterSense labeled one.
    (Didn’t I just say that?) Using a low-flow shower head is the easiest and most effective way to save up to 40 percent in water, so it is worth repeating. It takes only 15 minutes to change out shower heads. Here's an easy DIY video.
  3. Reduce the amount of time in the shower. Americans typically spend about 8 minutes in the shower. How do you compare? Can you get to 5 minutes? Here’s a tip on how to know when your 5 minutes is up - create a water playlist. When your songs are finished, it’s time to get out of the shower.
  4. Insulate your hot water pipes. Placing an insulation sleeve around your water pipes helps keep them warm and increases the efficiency of keeping those pipes warm when hot water is running through them. This will reduce the amount of time, water and energy it takes to get the hot water coming out of the showerhead.
  5. Catch the cold water. Place a bucket in the shower to catch all the cold water before the shower heats up. Use this water to water plants and pets. 
  6. Use a heat-activated shut off valve. This little gadget attaches to your supply line before your shower head. Once the water reaches a pre-determined temperature (like 95 degrees), the valve closes, reducing the shower’s flow to a trickle. If you’ve walked away, waiting for the water to warm up, this reduced flow is automatically saving water (and the associated gas or electricity needed to heat that water). When you’re ready to begin your shower, simply pull the string to open the valve, returning the normal flow of water to the showerhead. Be sure to check the temperature as this is an automatic temperature controlled shut-off valve, not an anti-scald device.