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Four Ways to Conserve Shower Water


Showers are the third largest source of water use in the American home, after toilets and washing machines. On average, Americans use 17.2 gallons of water per shower, with an average shower time of 8.2 minutes.

Showering is much more water-efficient than bathing, which consumes anywhere from 35 to 50 gallons of water. However, you can cut down your water consumption even more, minimize your impact on water resources, and lower your water bill by making some simple adjustments to your showering routine.

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By installing a low-flow showerhead, you can save 15 gallons for every 10 minutes of showering, about 40 percent of shower water. Most low-flow showerheads have a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute; older showerheads flow at 5.5 gallons a minute.

You can reduce water usage even further with a Pelican Water shower filter, which has two settings: a 2.5-gallon flow and a lower 2.0-gallon rate. At 2.0 gallons per minute, you save hundreds to thousands of gallons of water every year, compared to a 5.5 gpm model. Additionally, the shower filter removes chlorine and other synthetic chemicals, which will give you and your family softer skin and hair, and means less money you will need to spend on expensive shampoos and conditioners.

Time Your Shower

It’s easy to lose track of time in the shower, but the longer you’re in there, the more water you use. Try to use your shower efficiently. Some people find it helpful to listen to music and limit their shower time to the length of a song.

Bring a Bucket

While waiting for the shower water to reach a comfortable temperature, gallons of water are going down the drain. Put a bucket in the shower to catch the cold water, then use the water you catch for cleaning, flushing toilets, and watering plants.

Turn off the Taps

Turning off the taps—or switching to water conservation mode on a Pelican shower filter—while lathering up and shampooing will conserve a considerable amount of water as well. Run the water just long enough to rinse off the soap and shampoo.

Think smart, efficient water use whenever possible. Taking these small steps while showering will amount to one large step toward water conservation.

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