The average American household spends over $4,000 in utilities each year.
One of the largest part of that utility bill is water.
How to save when you shower
Utility costs vary by location, but on average a person spends $70.93 on water each month. With costs rising everywhere, cutting back on your utility bill could be a good place to save.
The US Environmental Protection Agency found that on average, a typical shower uses about 9,000 gallons a year. In most homes, washing machines and toilets are the only appliances that use more water.
Showerheads use around 2.5 gallons per minute, and the average shower is about eight minutes. Cutting back on the length of your shower by a few minutes, could save you in the long run.
The EPA recommends using WaterSense labeled showerheads. These specific showerheads cap the water flow at two gallons per minute. It will also save you on your gas and electric costs by putting less strain on your water heater.
According to the EPA, “WaterSense showerheads can conserve 2,700 gallons of water and 330 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.”
Just reducing your water use could save you $100 or more each year.
You can also cut down on utility costs by showering at night. Some energy providers charge more during the times that most homes will be using appliances, known as peak times.