Each week we provide one action item for YOU to reduce your carbon emissions. We also share the amount of emissions that you save by taking the action, and we track your overall reductions for you.
Week 14: Action of the Week
Reduce the Water You Use for Your Showers.
“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.”
The United Nations says that humans will most feel the effect of climate change through water scarcity. We know we all must do our part to better our habits around this essential-to-life resource, and today we are talking about showers since it is one of the leading ways that we all use water in our home.
First off it is important to note that showers are better for the environment than baths because they require about 1/3 of the water. (Of course, this is true if said shower is no longer than 5 minutes.) Probably the easiest way to reduce the water you use for showers is by purchasing a low-flow showerhead, which are easy to find online or at your favorite local hardware store. Low-flow shower heads help to reduce the amount of water that is wasted.
Another way to reduce water flow even further is by shortening your showers. Establish a time limit and set your timer to help. Or if you don’t want to take shorter showers, consider avoiding the habit of turning the shower on to let it warm up for a few minutes before you get in.
The EPA estimates that showers use 2.5 gallons of water per minute, and each gallon uses three ounces of carbon dioxide. If you run your shower for two less minutes a day, you can save 342 lbs. of carbon dioxide a year, which equals about 17 gallons of gas.
To learn more about the impact, savings and specifications of showerheads, click here.
Ready to take action? We will track your emissions for you and send you regular reports.
At 7th Generation Advisors we are diligently working with scientists, policymakers, activists and clean tech companies to create a clean energy economy for all, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to protect all living things seven generations into the future. We care about the future of our planet. Will you join us?