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Shower the Navy Way!

January 7, 2016

Using this method can save you tons of water and energy while reducing your utility bill.

This water-saving technique was developed by the U.S. Navy as a way to extend the limited amount of their fresh water supply on their ships while out at sea. They had to use the same water for drinking and cooking as well so water conservation plays an important part to their health and survival.

Many people who wish to not only conserve water, but also the energy needed to heat the water, have adopted the idea. To take a “Navy Shower”, follow these simple steps:

1. Turn on the water for about 30 seconds to get wet. 

2. Turn the water off while you soap and lather. 

3. Turn the water back on to rinse for a minute or less. 

Bonus Step: Brush your teeth as part of the lathering process! This will save you water at the sink.

The total time your water will be in use is about two minutes and will only take about 3 gallons. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a typical shower takes about 8 minutes, which can use up to 20 gallons of water. By using the navy shower method, a single person can save about 17 gallons of water per shower!

If the navy shower isn’t for you, there are a few other easy ways you can save!

Try switching out your showerhead for a low-flow showerhead. The current standard showerhead uses about 2.5 gallons per minute, while a low-flow, showerhead uses 2.0 gallons per minute or less. Watersense-labeled showerheads also meet specific requirements to ensure a high level of performance and user satisfaction with high-efficiency showerheads. The agency asserts that the average family could save 2,900 gallons per year with one of these showerheads. That also translates into 370-kilowatt hours of electricity a year… enough to power a house for almost two weeks!

Waiting a while for your shower to heat up? Place a bucket in the shower to capture that water while you wait. You can reuse this water for cleaning, watering plants, or even filling up your washing machine!

Lastly, simply try taking shorter showers. Just shaving 3 minutes off your shower will save you about 12 gallons of water each time. If you shower every day, that would equal nearly 4,500 gallons a year!