Being More Green While Getting Clean

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showerShowers vs. Baths. Consumer Reports has a recent post tackling the subject of which is more green.

First, full disclosure, I’m a shower person but I will not allow my bias to affect this post in any way. Second, going all uber-green and either not showering or not taking a bath on a regular basis is something your friends, family, and strangers within your vicinity will not appreciate.

It’s been said that taking a shower uses less water and energy than a bath but the Department of Energy’s “water heater sizing pages” states that an average shower consumes 12 gallons of while the average bath only 9.

The study took place in 2000 with ten homes in Seattle being outfitted with data loggers and separate water meters measuring water coming from the hot water heater. Now, I’m no expert at creating surveys, but ten homes in one city doesn’t seem like a good way to get a realistic answer to the question.

In any event, the experts at Consumer Reports think the previous 20 gallons of hot water per bath benchmark the EPA used was better.

They also stress that the best way to save hot water is to take showers rather than baths, limit the time of showers, and use a low-flow showerhead—and turn off any supplemental showerheads in each shower stall.

Many utilities and municipalities are following this advice. The Portland, Oregon Water Bureau is has given away over 4,500 1.5- gallon-per-minute showerheads and 4,000 five-minute “Shower Timer” hourglasses to its customers.

So, what is the answer? Well, it seems obvious to me, showers win!

(photo by Krikit)

Source: Consumer Reports

Tag(s): Going Green, Green Cleaning


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