The idea of greening your entire home may be an intimidating one, but it does not have to be. Start in one place and work your way through your house, your routine and your family’s routine and – sooner than you think – you’ll be the eco-friendliest house on the block. One of the easiest places to save is your morning shower. People in the United States allow about two and a half gallons of fresh water flow down the bathtub drain every minute they stand under their shower. Sounds like a great place to start cutting back.
Begin by installing a low-flow showerhead. These showerheads can save up to 50% of the water you have been wasting in the mornings. Take it a step further and find a low-flow showerhead with a pause button. That way you can stop the water while you lather up.
Next, reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower by two minutes. Get an inexpensive, waterproof digital stopwatch and hang it in your shower. After you time an average shower, set the stopwatch to go off two minutes before that time the next morning. This simple act can save between four and eight gallons of water, which translates to about $40 off your water bill every year.
Now, call your local plumbers and ask them to create exit plumbing for your bathroom. Essentially, this will take all your used shower water and divert it to a collection bin in the backyard. You can use the water to keep flowers and plants alive.