Green Tip of the Week #22 – Pull a fast one

I know I blogged about this a couple days ago, but it’s worth repeating.

showercoach.jpegDid you know that the average shower length is 8 minutes*? By reducing that to 5 minutes, you can reduce the amount of water you use by nearly one-third, or roughly 10 gallons per day. I’m challenging all of my readers to reduce their shower time to 5 minutes. If you already take a 5 minute shower, perhaps you’ll consider cutting back a little bit more? Reducing the length of your shower by just one minute could save you up to 1,825 gallons** of water each year.

I’ve already had over 60 people commit to reduce their shower time to just 5 minutes for the months of June, July and August in an effort to help conserve water. (Check out the right sidebar to see all of the people who will be having a quickie with me.) I’d love to see that list grow to 100 or even more. Won’t you join in too?

Today, May 31, is the last day to be entered into a drawing to win one of five shower timers. Visit the I’m having a Quickie – 5-Minute Shower Challenge post to sign up for the challenge and be entered into the giveaway. Of course, you can enter the challenge at any point during the summer. Feel free to tell your friends too. (You can snag a button on the original post or from my sidebar.) The more, the merrier, and the better for the earth! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you to everyone who has signed up already and to those of you who’ve blogged it or added the button to your sidebar.

I will have a check in post at the end of the first week of June (on June 8) so everyone can chime in on how they are doing with the challenge, post helpful tips, share stories, ask for advice, etc. Then I will try to have another check in post every two weeks (on Sundays) so we can encourage each other and maybe even inspire more people to sign up. ๐Ÿ™‚

* GreenPrint Denver

Have any green tips youรขโ‚ฌโ„ขve recently learned? Please email them to me and I may include your tip with a link to your site or blog in a future post. ๐Ÿ™‚

6 thoughts on “Green Tip of the Week #22 – Pull a fast one”

  1. I’m trying to think how I could cut my shower down to 5 minutes. I’m fairly quick already, mostly because I have to gt in and out before the boys destroy things, but 5 minutes seems too rushed to me. Maybe it’s because I have really long thick hair.

    I’d love to hear what people do to cut their shower time down.

  2. Summer, how often does your hair need to be washed. Mine is really long too, but I’ve found that it does not need to be washed every day. I get by with about twice a week, and just put it in a bun for other showers.

    I don’t need a shower timer, though. I already have one! My area is trying to get everyone to cut their water use by 20 gallons per day, and they were giving them out at local events.

  3. I’m trying to become better at showering more quickly. It’s harder now that it’s warmer and I sometimes need 2 showers a day but I can normally wash without washing my hair in about 3 minutes. So I’m still at 8 minutes on 2 shower days. Darn Humidity. I figure 2 showers a day is better than running AC non stop in terms of saving the planet.

    I’ve also noticed how I had been giving my son more water than he actually needed in the bath. He’s equally happy and washed just as well with half the water use.

  4. I just can’t do this. I skip showers so much that I really need to wash thoroughly (mostly my hair) by the time I get around to it ๐Ÿ™ My husband and I both already spend significantly less than 5 minutes a day in the shower on average – I think that’s in line with the spirit of this challenge, if not the specific rules ๐Ÿ™‚

    This might explain my confusion over why people complain about water bills . . . we are just too lazy to use a lot of water.

  5. I am ‘outing’ myself – I take close to 20 minute hot showers. I need this challenge! I tried to reduce our water usage as a whole for Crunchy and failed. I will try to use our timer and stop dawdling in there!

  6. A family of 4 can save over $1,000.00 annually in water and energy costs right in the shower stall alone!

    Sound extreme? Not at all.

    Go to the cost saving calculator at and put in “4” for family members using the shower an average of 20 minutes before using the Shower Manager. Your savings may be even greater if you are in an area of high water and/or energy costs.

    Excessive showering is not only a big water and energy waster, it is also the sources of many family feuds over showering times.

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