Basic water conservation tips can help you cut back on your water bill and have more money to save or spend. However, even if your utilities are included in your apartment, cutting back on your water usage is an environmentally responsible and less wasteful way to live. Find out how to shower so that you conserve water to save money or be less wasteful:
1 – Don’t Leave the Water Running the Entire Shower
The simplest of water conservation tips is to not leave the water running more than it has to for you to accomplish your task. This applies to not leaving the sink running while you’re brushing your teeth and it also applies to the shower. You need to get yourself wet before you apply shampoo and soap and you need to have the water running to rinse away the suds. In between these tasks, while lathering, you can shut off the water.
If it’s a hot day out, this shouldn’t bother you at all. If it’s cold out, you may find yourself shivering, but if you can make your bathroom warmer with a space heater or heating lamp (make sure they’re safe for use in a bathroom), it shouldn’t bother you as much. You can also lather up quickly to reduce the time you spend in the shower without running water.
2 – Don’t Let the Water Heat for Long
Turning the shower on and letting it run for a few minutes to warm up or cool down before you even enter goes against the advice of all water conservation tips. If it’s hot out and you want to cool off, you can really just get into the shower immediately. It will get cooler over time. If it’s cold out and you want a warm shower but it takes a minute or two, read on.
3 – Use the Wasted Water Elsewhere
Some water heaters need a full minute or more to achieve a temperature you’d feel comfortable bathing in. However, if you’re letting the water run for no reason, you’re contradicting all water conservation tips. Not so if you don’t waste the water. Place a bucket under the faucet while it’s warming up and don’t forget to replace the bucket if it gets full before you’re ready to bathe. Use the excess water for watering plants, cleaning, feeding pets or even boiling water for cooking.
4 – Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
If the idea of shutting off the water while you lather doesn’t appeal to you, you can reduce your water usage by installing a low-flow showerhead. Installing a new showerhead is a fairly simple task that doesn’t require any plumbing or do-it-yourself expertise. You typically just screw off the old and screw on the new. Low-flow showerheads can reduce the amount of water you use during a shower by two to three gallons per minute.
Not all water conservation tips have to involve elaborate plumbing changes or drastic measures, like cutting back on your showers. Just follow any of these tips to save a little water and you’ll be doing your part for the environment and possibly saving some money, too.