Learn how to save water within the bathe? 6 easy ideas


In principle, taking a shower is more economical than a bath. However, at the rate of ten minutes of long shower, we end up with a consumption of 150 l of water, more or less the equivalent of the water consumed to fill the bathtub and bask in it. It must be said that a classic shower head lets out between 8 and 20 l per minute, which means that this “blue gold” quickly ends up in the depths of the pipes, exploding the water bill in the process! How to save water from the shower to preserve the planet by saving this precious resource or to save money on your budget? Discover all the easy tips to put in place without stopping washing!

To go further, also discover our tips for saving water when doing the dishes, as well as ways to save hot water on a daily basis.

1) Turn off the shower water during soaping

Certainly, it is not with this kind of advice that we will reinvent hot water! However, it is always good to remember the obvious, which unfortunately is not for everyone. Even if it is less comfortable to soap without hot water, it remains the best way not to let liters of this precious water be wasted unnecessarily. And in addition to limiting water waste, this measure does not require no special effort. This is THE gesture within everyone’s reach to make a real difference in water consumption.

2) Time your showers to save water

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Without necessarily opting for the military shower, five minutes prove amply sufficient to wet, soap and rinse your body comfortably and effectively. Also, on days when you don’t wash your hair, consider using the kitchen timer or the phone’s timer to get a better estimate of how much time has passed. Over the showers, you will get better and better at reducing the time spent washing and, by extension, the water consumed to carry it out. To make this exercise more fun and relaxing, choose a 4 to 5 minute song and challenge yourself to finish your shower before it’s over. Something to keep the notion of time in a more playful way!

3) Collect the water from the shower until it is heated

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When turning on the shower tap, the hot water does not necessarily reach the right temperature right away. Also, you sometimes have to wait a long time before daring to venture a toe into this sometimes icy water! Instead of letting water end up straight down the drain, get into the good habit of harvest with a basin or a bucket. This precious liquid can then be used for flushing, but also for cleaning, watering plants, rinsing vegetables, filling the dog’s bowl or water for pasta, tea or coffee. Keep in mind that there are no small savings!

4) Wash differently

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According to France Inter, one in three French people have given up taking a daily shower, preferring to do so every two or even three days. In addition to water savings, this would also have the advantage of better preserving the skin. It can indeed be sensitized by too frequent washing, which can then cause itching, redness and dryness in addition to making it generally more vulnerable to external aggressions. You will therefore have understood that it is not a question here of stopping washing, but of do it more wisely. Between showers, it is possible to indulge in the toilet of the cat with a glove and a mild soap. This keeps the chest, armpits, feet and private parts clean.

5) Change your equipment to save water in the shower

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The shower head is not eternal. When the time comes to change it, you can quite naturally turn to a economical knob. It offers a more limited flow rate of around 6 liters per minute, which means less water is wasted. However, other equipment can be just as useful.

The ‘minute shower’, for example, is a gadget with which you can program a maximum shower time. It will thus emit music when this time is exceeded. As for the stop-shower (to be installed between the tap and the shower hose), it allows you to stop the water momentarily to soap yourself and find it again at the same temperature and at the same flow rate when you restart it. The thermostatic mixer, for its part, limits the loss of time adjusting the water temperature, leaving precious liters of this liquid to be lost during the adjustments. Otherwise, there is also the classic aerator, a water saver that limits the flow of water while keeping the same pressure and the same sensations than conventional showerheads simply by mixing water and air.

How do you know if your shower head consumes too much water? Take the test!

Take a large clean bucket and pour two liters of water into it with your showerhead. If the filling takes less than ten seconds, it means that your knob consumes too much water and it’s time to change it!

6) Hunt for leaks!

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All leaks are not visible, and this is all the more true for the shower where you do not necessarily realize it right away. However, it is an essential center of water consumption to monitor, because a simple drop by drop can quickly represent a loss of 4 liters per hour (16 l in the case of a real trickle of water), i.e. several tens of euros more spent and up to 20% on your water bill. Do not hesitate to monitor the figure displayed on your meter before leaving for work and note any unexplained oscillations. If you notice any differences, call a professional to identify any leaks that may have escaped your notice.

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