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The Shower Coach: Helping You Conserve Water

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in For Your Home | 0 comments

The Shower Coach: Helping You Conserve Water

With a drought spanning 32 states and more than half the counties in the United States, it’s time to start increasing efforts to conserve water.

Even if your area hasn’t been affected by a drought there are still environmental reasons to conserve water. When you use less water you leave more in your local water system for people downstream. This means fewer water diversions and dams are built to change the natural flow of water through the landscape  and  suppliers use less of the chemicals needed to treat water for your house.

If you’re like most of us, you have heard the same advice for conserving water over and over and over again:

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Don’t shave in the shower.
  • Shut off the water while your brushing your teeth, scrubbing your face or shaving.
  • Keep water in the refrigerator so you don’t have to run the faucet to get cold water to drink.
  • Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load.

You know what to do, but can you measure how well you are doing it? Or are you even motivated to do the right thing everyday?

I was in Death Valley this summer and found a new way to encourage myself to save water. Death Valley gets 0-2 inches of water a year, so water conservation is a must for those who live and work in the area, and the hotels must convince their guests to be as conscientious as the residents. The hotel I stayed at put a 5 Minute Shower Coach in the bathrooms to remind guests of our responsibilities.

The shower coach is a sand timer that you flip when you turn on the water. The goal is to finish your shower before the timer runs out.

It’s a daily reminder to do the right thing and it works.

One luxury I always afforded myself, despite knowing better, was shaving my legs in the shower. It took a little while to get used to keeping better habits, but now I never leave the water running while I shave because I don’t want to lose my competition with the shower coach. I also shut the water off while I let my conditioner set and I’ve made other small changes to my routine be more efficient.

When I was in Death Valley I couldn’t beat the timer, but the other night I finished my shower with time left to spare. A small win, it still made me feel good.

Are you up to the challenge?

Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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