What Uses More Water: a Bath or a Shower?
In today's modern world of energy
conservation and awareness it is important to keep an eye on the resources you
use daily, not only for the planet, but for your wallet as well. A common
question that many homeowners ask is how much water do they use and what
activities in their home contribute to water waste and energy loss? An everyday
shower or bath can flush gallons of clean water down the drain and knowing
which method of self-care uses less resources can help. Keep reading to find
out what uses more water, a shower or a bath, and how to cut back on any energy
Why a Shower?
Many of us love a hot shower at the
end of a long day and do our best thinking under the shower head. The good news
for shower lovers is that, on average, a ten-minute shower uses less water than
a fully filled bathtub. The average bathtub holds up to thirty-six gallons of
water or more, while a ten-minute shower usually uses about twenty-five gallons
or less, depending on the duration. If you're looking for a more energy
efficient way to clean the day off, a shower may be the right way to go for
your home and your wallet.
Shower Gallons Per Minute
If you're wondering how long your
shower should be to make the most of your water bill, you're not alone. On
average, each shower uses approximately two gallons per minute, coming out to a
little less than twenty-two gallons for the entire process. How long is the
average shower? The consensus is about eight minutes. So, if you take a roughly
ten-minute shower, you're using less water than a standing bath, and you'll see
yourself start to save money every month. If you want to cut your water bill
down even further, you can try shaving your shower time down to five minutes,
using half of the total amount of water at about eleven gallons.
Bath vs Shower Water Usage
So, how many gallons in a bathtub
get filled with water when you take a bath? A typical bathtub takes upwards of
forty-two gallons of water to fill to the brim, already pushing it well over
the threshold of a ten-minute shower. Some baths even require as much as
seventy gallons or more to get the job done. Of course, your bath using more
water than your shower does heavily depend on the duration of the showers you
take. If you take a forty-five-minute shower you'll be using almost fifty
gallons of water, which may come out to more than your forty-two-gallon bath.
At the end of the day, your water usage depends on how large your tub is versus
how long your showers last. Weighing these two facts may help you determine
which one is best for your needs. Also, consider that bath water gets colder
over time, and you may end up filling your tub with additional hot water to
figure out how to keep your bathtub water hot.
How to Take Shorter Showers
The shorter the shower, the more
money you'll save. But have no fear; if you're one of those types of people who
want to save water by taking showers, but enjoy showers that last more than ten
minutes, there are many tips and tricks you can use to cut your shower time in
half. An enjoyable trick that you may find useful is creating a "shower
playlist" of music that times out to exactly ten minutes. Set your phone
aside and let the music play as you wash, and once the playlist is done, make
sure to shut the water off. Another good idea that can help you save time and
water is switching to a water efficient shower head or learning to take navy
showers. Learn more about how to reduce your daily hot water use on the Energy.gov site.
Of course, the most important
aspect of enjoying your time in your bath or shower is having the right one
installed in your home. A shower with all the proper energy conserving
features, paired with an aesthetic and style that you love, will make your time
in it more enjoyable and energy efficient. If you're looking to research more
about the various styles of showers or tubs that you can have installed in your
home, Expo Home Improvement offers a variety of services at
your disposal, including one-day installations. Sift through the various
options and figure out what style shower or bath is right for you, then put
your energy savings tactics into practice.