Green Tip #12: Skip the Shower

Green Tip #12: Skip the ShowerAfter a long day at work  and walking home in the snow, there is nothing more soothing than a hot shower. However I choose not to shower everyday, sometimes not even every other day. I first started doing this because I heard it was better for your hair. But recently its also hit me that this is a great way to save water, especially hot water and subsequent electricity costs (water will also be billed on usage in our city soon)! And if my locks look a little oily, I sprinkle on dry shampoo and I’m good to go. One bottle of that lasts me years.

Note: Men will likely want to shower daily due to perspiration!

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12 comments to Green Tip #12: Skip the Shower

  • I’d guess that there are women who need to shower daily for perspiration reasons as well, but most of the time I’m with you, bathing every other day. We go a step farther and I bathe and my kids bathe in the same water. (They’re 5 and 2, and my shampoo ends up making it bubble bath for them. I’m not too dirty getting in!)

    I did “Navy showers” for a long time – rinse well, turn off water, lather, turn on water to rinse. It saves a lot of water but isn’t as relaxing as a continuous shower!

  • thanks for feedback The Saved Quarter, bathing with the kids is a great idea-I’ll have to keep that one in mind!

  • mwa ha hah! This has always been my dirty little secret…who would think someone else out there was up to the same shenanigan?

    In the winter a sponge bath on the non-shower days will suffice just fine. Also, when the air is cold and dry, your skin itches less when you limit the frequency of hot-water splashes.

    In the summer I use the hose in the backyard instead of firing up the hot water heater. I’m lucky to have a completely private yard, and in 115-degree heat, tap water feels great.

    • Long live the hose! Good idea about the sponge bath as well Funnay About Money.

    • bogart

      On a cross-country camping trip, I worked out that I was driving a solar hot water heater. Just leave a few gallon jugs of water in cab of truck, park in sunny spot, go for hike (or eat leisurely picnic lunch, or whatever). Come back, park in secluded spot and/or put on bathing suit in tent, “shower.”

  • bogart

    I almost never shower at home anymore, as I’ve bought (gasp!) a membership to a local pool and I use it, so it’s rare I go two days without totally immersing myself in a bunch of water for a long time, and, of course, showering — at the pool’s expense.

    We’re on septic, though, and our city sells us water pretty cheap, so our water bill both pre- and post- this strategy varies from $20 to $30/month. Probably more $20s now, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to fund my early retirement exclusively on the water savings.

  • Barb Friedberg

    This is fascinating! I don’t shower every day on the week-end lounging around. I could try it on a week-day… maybe. Food for thought.

  • I generally let my hair be my guide, as it gets oily before my body gets smelly. Usually, that works out to 2 or 3 showers a week. If I shower and wash my hair daily, my hair dries out.

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