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How to Save Water in the Shower

How to Save Water in the Shower?

The world is facing an alarming water crisis, and some parts of the world are already seeing the impact of ongoing shortages where there is not enough water to meet the population’s needs. It's our responsibility as global citizens to take proactive steps towards conserving this precious resource. One of the most effective ways we can do this is by saving water while taking showers.

In this blog, we'll explore some practical tips on how to save water in the shower and make a positive impact on our living planet.

1. Take Showers, Not Baths

A 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses about 25 gallons of water. The average bath takes 35 to 50 gallons of water. It is clearly that bath takes much more water. So just think of a bath as an occasional treat and make the switch to showers.

There are some tips for saving water when you bathe:

  • Take Shallower Baths: If you enjoy baths, try filling the tub with less water. Even a few inches can make a difference.
  • Keep an Eye on the Water Temperature: Adding more water to get the optimal bathing temperature leads to a fuller tub which is wasteful.
  • Reuse Bathwater: If you've taken a relatively clean bath, consider reusing the water for other household tasks, such as mopping or cleaning.

 

2. Limit Your Shower Time

One of the simplest ways to conserve water while showering is to limit your time under the stream. Aim for no more than five minutes, or even less if you can manage it. Setting a timer can help you stay on track. You can also time yourself through music. Ideally, you only want to spend one song (not an epic ballad) in the shower, about four to five minutes. There are plenty of products out there to help improve your bath time karaoke performance with water-safe bluetooth speakers to bring in the tunes. You may even want to consider doing without a shower one day a week, on a day when you haven’t been working hard and aren’t very dirty. By reducing your shower time, you'll not only save water but also reduce energy consumption since less hot water will be needed. 

3. Conserve Shower Water

If you're particularly conscious about water conservation, you can consider collecting the cold water that flows from the tap before your shower warms up. Put a bucket in the shower to catch the cold water while it’s warming up. Use this water to water your plants, flush the toilet, or to clean. Install a low-flow shower head. It will be a small investment, but the savings will add up over time. Install a shower head with a quick shut-off valve to turn off the water while you’re washing your hair or lathering.

4. Redesign Your Bathroom

A steam bath or shower can be quite refreshing and comforting. They use a lot less water than a traditional shower. Choosing protective surfaces and finishes that are easier to clean with simple daily maintenance and less water used for scrubbing. Once you remodel, there are easier ways to install additional fixtures and shower systems that can help you save money and conserve water. To determine which one is best for you, look into the water tanks and pipes in your home. You can find out about the best ways to upgrade your bathroom and make it more environmentally friendly by talking to your local plumber.

As for a more water-saving shower system, we highly recommend the following two shower systems from STARBATH.

STARBATH Wall Mounted Shower System with Tub Spout Push Button Matte Black

This wall mounted shower system features a push-button diverter, allowing you to quickly switch between rain shower head, handheld spray, and bathtub spout. This advanced mechanism prevents accidental switching, and offers a multi-function shower experience. The luxury 10" or 12" rain shower head uses air injection technology for 30% water bill savings and 100% increased pressure, while the angle-adjustable design and extra-long shower tube eliminate cleaning blind spots.Certified with a pressure balance shower valve, the system also ensures safety with built-in check valve and temperature control, perfect for families with children and elderly. NPT 1/2"" connectors are compatible with any type of pipe for easy installation and complete customization.

STARBATH Shower System Two Function Push Button Wall Mounted Brushed Gold
STARBATH shower system features a push button diverter with one-click switching between the rain shower head and handheld spray. The mechanism prevents users from accidentally switching modes when their hands are wet and slippery. Experience a luxurious shower with a high-pressure 10" or 12" rain shower head, featuring air injection technology that increases water pressure up to 100% and saves up to 30% in water bills. The adjustable designs ensure no blind spots when cleaning, with an extra-long shower tube. Simple installation with NPT threaded components, offering various sizes(10" or 12") to match your bathrooms.

5. Switch to a Water Efficient Showerhead

Showerheads are measured by the number of gallons of water they deliver per minute.  Efficient showerheads, called “low flow,” deliver between 1.6 and 2.5 gallons per minute(gpm), whereas a standard showerhead delivers between 5 and 8 gallons per minute(gpm). Installing a low-flow showerhead can significantly reduce the amount of water used during each shower. These devices use aerators to mix air with the water flow, resulting in a strong spray that uses less water.

6. Take Navy Showers

Navy showers involve turning off the water while lathering up and then turning it back on to rinse. This simple technique can result in significant water savings over time. To make it easier, you can consider installing a diverter valve that allows you to turn off the showerhead without affecting the rest of the house.

7. Turn Off the Tap While Brushing Your Teeth

While not directly related to showering, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can also contribute to overall water savings. It's a small habit change that can make a big difference over time.

8. Upgrade Your Plumbing System

Upgrade Your Plumbing System If you live in an older home, upgrading your plumbing system can lead to substantial water savings. Look for leaks in pipes, fixtures, and connections, and repair them promptly. Consider replacing outdated fixtures with newer, high-efficiency models. Making plumbing improvements can reduce water waste and save you money in the long run. Investing in high-efficiency fixtures can reduce a home's water usage by up to 30%.

9. Install Water-saving Equipment

In addition to toilets and showerheads, there are a number of other innovations to conserve water in the bathroom. Reducing water delivery by as little as 45 percent with water-saving aerators can have a big impact. If your kids forget to turn off faucets or cannot take care of them on their own, Auto-detect Faucets may reduce water consumption. Be sure to save your receipts and installation costs, a number of manufacturers or local water companies are offering money payback rebates, as well as various incentives for doing so.

10. Stop That Drip

Leaky taps are surprisingly easy to get used to, but even just one drip every second means 22 litres of water wasted in a day! Get a plumber in to get any leaky taps fixed as soon as you notice a problem.

11. Stick to Some Good Water-saving Habits

Having a low-flow showerhead is a great start, but if you’re still taking 25-minute showers, then you aren’t making a difference. Don’t use shower time for brushing your teeth or shaving. If you take a bath, plug it in before switching to the water and not after; as soon as your bathtub is full, be able to adjust its temperature. When you're brushing your teeth, take care not to leave the water on. Make your own changes and stick to good habits. 

We hope that these 11 tips for saving water in the shower can be helpful for you. Every one of us can take small actions to contribute to saving water around the world. Remember, every drop counts!

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