A Summer of Shorter Showers

Do you know how much time you spend in the shower each morning?  I had no idea, until I timed it yesterday.  I wanted to get an accurate number so I didn't rush, but I didn't dilly-dally either.  It took me about 12 minutes.

What prompted me to time my shower was this post from Crunchy Domestic Goddess:

"Now let’s talk water conservation. I saw a button on CafePress a few months ago that said, “If you think we have bad fights over oil, just wait until we start fighting over water!” And that, my friends, freaked my sh*t right out. I thought about my kids and their future and I knew I had to do something, anything right now.

"Did 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. And that’s where this challenge comes in. I’m challenging all of my readers to reduce their shower time to 5 minutes."

So, if the average 8 minute shower takes about 30 gallons of water, my 12 minute shower comes to...45 gallons, wow!  Can you picture what that would look like if you laid it all out at once?  Clearly new consideration of my habits was in order, so I bought a timer and signed up for the CDG's challenge.

Today was my first shortie shower, and, after working at the community garden part of the morning and strawberry picking into the early afternoon, I was certainly in need of some cleaning.  But even as dirty as I was, I was able to get in and out in time.  It didn't leave a ton of time for dawdling, but I did still have about 30 seconds at the end to just enjoy the warm water.  Not bad at all. 

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