Taking shorter showers is an easy way to significantly reduce your water usage. The average shower length in America is approximately eight minutes. According to the EPA, standard pre 1992 showerheads use over five gallons (19 L) of water per minute, while standard post 1992 showerheads and low flow showerheads average one and a half to two and a half gallons (5.7 to 9.5 L) per minute. You know both how long you shower and your showerhead, so do math. Multiply it by one year. Wow, right?
Navy showers (used on ships to preserve precious water) are a manual way to achieve low-flow showerhead savings without changing a fixture—a great option for the unhandy or for renters.
Using less water bathing allows more to stay in the ground or in a reservoir, which in turn helps maintain a natural H20 balance and saves some for future use. There are many parts of the country that do not have enough water to support the current population and levels of water usage. Even if you live in a place with ample rain, there may be a drought. Severe droughts have hit countries across the globe from Pakistan to Russia to the United States to Kenya, so it's all the more critical to conserve--and it's amazing how every drop adds up!
Taking shorter showers will also save you money on water, heating, and sewer bills.
Hop in the shower, get wet all over. Turn off the shower, lather up. Turn it back on, rinse off. You’re done.
Navy showers are least painful in warm climates. For those who brave them in cold climates, at least they save hot water.