Thanks to the book “Sleeping Naked is Green”, I was exposed to the idea of navy showers. When taking a navy shower, you turn the water off while soaping up.
I tried this a few times and realized it wasn’t bad; so now I will do it for every shower. This means that I have the water on for a few seconds to get wet, turn the water off while I wash and shampoo, then turn the water back on to rinse off. I timed a traditional shower vs a navy shower which showed a savings of 3.5 gallons of water with each navy shower.
Did you know that the average American uses 176 gallons of water per day? You might not think that’s a lot of water, but imagine buying 176 gallons of water from the store. That wouldn’t even fit in your car. That’s a lot of water. Studies in California found that each gallon of water takes 2 Watts of energy for treatment. It all adds up! With that in mind, I’m happy to know that I’m taking steps to reduce my water consumption.