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What Conserves More Water, a Shower or Bath?

  • Sep 15, 2020
  • By NextEra Home

What Conserves More Water, a Shower or Bath?

Deciding which is better, a shower or bath, is most dependent on preference. However, speaking from an environmental point of view, showers edge out baths, but only if the person beneath the shower head doesn’t stay an extended amount of time.

Conserving water is a positive step for the environment, but paying attention to water usage will also save money for homeowners. You may notice a decrease in the water utility bill when you choose to consistently take showers rather than baths and if the shower lasts less than 12 minutes1. People who take baths and not showers, use between 35 and 50 gallons of water to get clean2. If you’re a shower person, chances are you use much less water, about 17 gallons per shower3.

Variables that Determine Water Measurement

There are several variables that determine how much water is used during a shower or bath. For instance, using a low-flow water showerhead changes the equation.  Regular showerheads spit out approximately 5 gallons per minute, compared to the low-flow versions that distribute a little less than 3 gallons per minute.

The type of bathtub catching the water during a bath or shower makes a difference to the measurement of water that is used. A standard tub could hold as little as forty gallons of water, compared to a whirlpool, that is capable of containing as much as 100 gallons of water. Lots of water and possibly dollars go down the drain when a full bath is drawn.

Water Footprint

Choosing to take showers rather than baths will decrease your water footprint and also save money from month to month on your utility bill. However, don’t feel that you have to stop taking baths altogether. Compromise. Even alternating between the two can help to decrease your water footprint, which for the average person in the United States is more than 2000 gallons per day4.

Selecting an occasional shower rather than a bath is only one way that homeowners can save money. You can also potentially save thousands of dollars with a NextEra Home warranty plan that provides coverage for plumbing and other home systems in case of a break down due to normal wear and tear. For more information on the benefits of a home warranty plan by NextEra Home, call 833-634-6634.

1 https://www.bobvila.com/articles/tub-vs-shower/

2https://www.watercalculator.org/posts/shower-bath/

3https://www.watercalculator.org/posts/shower-bath/

4 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-28/a-new-water-footprint-calculator-shows-how-much-you-really-use

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