Ways to Reduce Shower Time

While I was recently in the shower, I was thinking of why it takes some people so long to take showers.  Upon realizing that I was wasting time in the shower while doing so, I quickly finished my shower.

Long, Hot Shower
Photo by silveraquarius.

There are so many different ways while we are in the shower that contribute to it be longer than it should be.  Here are some great ways to make those showers shorter and help reduce your monthly water and energy bills.

Don’t Zone Out

It sounds bad to suggest not to think, but thinking too much in the shower can cost you time.  It’s so easy to lose track of time and just think about the things that transpired during the day or random thoughts.  I tend to do this too often and I mentioned above.  It’s one of those things that I avoid at all costs to keep my shower times short.  Try you best to focus on the task and finish your showers without letting the calm noise of the water let you thoughts take over.

Cold Showers

Taking a cold shower can dramatically help speed the process.  Think of every time the shower gets cold and how fast you move to get out of the shower.  If the entire shower were cold, it would be difficult to even do anything but hurry along and get out.  Beyond that, taking colder showers helps reduce energy bills and can even have positive health benefits.

Avoid Warming Up

So many people stand around in the shower just to warm themselves up, especially during the winter.  A good suggestion to avoid this problem is to wear more clothing around the house during those cold months.  Even if you do take a short shower that is hot, you will be warm by the end of it.

Only Shower

Showering is not the main priority when some people shower.  I have heard of people brushing their teeth, shaving, sing and so many other activities.  All of these only contribute to a longer shower and can easily be done outside of the shower without the need for water to be continually running.

We are all guilty of many of these things that keep us in the shower longer than we need to.  Be conscious of each of them and hopefully you can reduce your shower time while saving a little cash in the meantime.

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  1. Many people do not stop to consider how much energy they are wasting by taking longer showers. A nice warm shower feels so good that people like to prolong it. I think your last point about only showering is the best tip. In an attempt to save time, people move a lot of their bathroom tasks into the shower. There is consequences to this minute time saving though.

  2. Agree with the point above. Sometimes they just don’t border about how much energy could be used while having fun with the warm shower.
    Great tip up there and I wish people could read it.

  3. So true, I have to admit long showers are my one eco-vice… I try my best not to, but once in a while I succumb. But to make up I skip showers: all weekend days and work from home with the laptop days that bring me nowhere except to my BF’s, why shower at all? For that and for the grocery trip a quick wash at the wash stand will do. Remember this: when I was a kid (talking 60′s/70′s) it was normal to have a bath/shower once a week and my grandmother didn’t have either in her house and washed herself in the kitchen!

      • Pays to Live Green
      • March 14th, 2010

      Great points. It’s hard to be perfect when showering. It seems that our society’s obsession with smelling “nice” puts the idea that we need to take a shower at least once a day. I don’t shower either if I am just staying in the house on the weekends. It just doesn’t make any sense.

  4. Nice Post! I usually take long time to take shower because I like that. However I would not try to reduce my shower time.

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