WWU's GEF Sustainable Energy Efficient Dorm Pilot

Saving The Planet, One Drop At A Time


This week I challenged myself to use no more than 2 gallons of water per shower—with the water pressure in our dorm, 2 gallons equals out to approximately a four-minute shower. For this challenge I was using SEED’s Efergy shower monitor, which tracks the time and amount of water used.

The following data displays my shower times and the gallons of water used:

Date             Length of Shower (minutes)        Water (gallons)

1/20/15                     2:37                                     1

1/21/15                     2:39                                     1

1/22/15                     2: 55                                    1

1/24/15                     4:02                                     2

There are many ways to conserve water but one of the easiest is cutting shower times. Here are some ways I reduced the amount of water I used:

  • Turned off water when applying soap, shampoo, or conditioner.
  • Kept an eye on the shower monitor
  • Timed my shower by listening to a song

Through this challenge, I realized that using 1 to 2 gallons of water per shower is quite doable. I plan to continue using the above suggestions to help conserve water!


So why save water anyway? Here are five reasons why.

Can you say that you are conserving water? Why not step up your game by taking shorter showers! Here is the key to a four-minute shower.

30 seconds rinse

60 seconds suds

60 seconds rinse

30 seconds shampoo

30 seconds rinse

and an extra 30 seconds for good measure.

We challenge you to try to make this goal!

Here is a tip; try playing your favorite four-minute song while you shower.

Good luck, and keep working towards your Eco-goals!

– SEED Team


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