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What's Better for Water Conservation: Showers or Baths?

Monday, April 16, 2018
What's Better for Water Conservation: Showers or Baths?

Here at Day and Nite Plumbing and Heating, we know that many of our customers are making efforts to go green these days. Many people are trying to use less water and less electricity. They're changing their habits, buying more efficient appliances, and taking other steps that will help them lower their carbon footprint.

One thing that might stump some people who want to opt for greener habits is bathing. Which is better for water conservation, showering or taking a bath? There are pros and cons to each one, but either way you can take some additional steps to conserve water.

Showers

Depending on your habits, a shower could help you conserve more water. A shower can use up around five gallons per minute typically, but there are ways to lower this. There are a number of newer shower heads out there now that can help you reduce your water usage. A low-flow showerhead can actually greatly reduce how much water you use over time. Yes you'll have to spend spend some money initially, but soon enough you'll probably notice a decline in your water bill. Think about the water usage itself and then think about how much it costs to heat up water, and you'll realize just how much a low-flow showerhead can save you.

With a new shower head, your shower can go from using around five gallons of water per minute to using around two gallons per minute. Think about how much of a difference that can make over the course of a ten minute long shower. You're going from using roughly fifty gallons of water to a mere twenty gallons. That's why a short shower can help you conserve more water than a bath could. If you have a speaker in your bathroom, we recommend listening to music and trying to make sure that you finish up within two or three songs. A soundtrack provides an easy way to time yourself.

Baths

How much water a bath uses is highly dependent on the size of your tub. A typical tub can hold thirty to fifty gallons of water. That's far more than a typical short shower would use, especially if you've installed a low-flow showerhead. If you find yourself taking long showers, a bath could actually help you conserve more water. It's highly dependent on your personal habits and the size of your tub.

If you're able to take a short shower and water conservation is your goal, that's likely the more efficient option. Perhaps a bath can be an occasional treat. If you have trouble keeping your showers to under ten minutes, a bath could use a similar amount of water depending on the size of your tub.

Whichever you choose, you'll need some water heater installation experts to help you ensure that those showers and baths aren't ice cold. Sometimes we can even fix your problems on the same day you call us. Whether you need a replacement or some repairs, contact us at (425) 775-6464 today.

 

 


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