Why Shorter Showers are Good for the Planet AND Your Wallet
Now, we know that for many the shower is a sacred place for deliberating on your next genius idea, blasting your favourite karaoke tune or dreaming of your next travel adventure. In the meantime though, precious water is flowing down the drain and energy and water bills are hitting you where it hurts. At Topargee, we are all about water saving and we think it’s time to talk about why shorter showers make sense for the planet AND your wallet.
Good for the Planet
Australians are no stranger to drought and with an average rainfall of 470mm, well below the global average, we live on one of the driest continents on Earth. However, we are one of the biggest consumers of water in the world, using a whopping 100,000L of freshwater per person each year. Showers account for a large proportion of this total, making up approximately 34% of indoor water use for the typical household.
As rainfall patterns become more unpredictable due to the worsening impacts of climate change, we need to work harder to reduce our water use significantly. Even the tiniest of changes can make a huge difference. For example, if everyone in Sydney reduced their showers by just 1 minute, it would save about 45 million litres of water a day. Imagine how much water we could conserve if everyone in Australia started consciously slashing their shower time!
Water isn’t the only resource we use when we shower. The energy used to heat the water is also contributing to your carbon footprint. A study conducted in the UK found that water heating produces approximately 875 kg of CO2 per household per year. The good news is that by cutting down your shower from 8 minutes to 4 minutes you can reduce your CO2 emissions by 350 kg a year. It’s really that easy.