There is absolutely nothing like soaking in a hot tub after a long, grueling day on the job. You come in and fill the tub to capacity with steaming water and slip into your own private oasis. As comforting and soothing as your daily soak in the tub is, you are sabotaging your budget and raising your water bill.
A normal bath utilizes anywhere from 35 to 50 gallons or water each time you fill up and soak in the tub. A 10-minute shower uses about 25 gallons of water (using a low-flow showerhead) and you will be just as clean. By taking a shower instead of a bath, you can save about 10 to 25 gallons of H2O.
A bath may soothe away the aches and pains of a hard day’s work, but it will put a cramp in your pocket. Use a bath as an occasional treat, or on days when your muscles are extremely sore, and take showers on the other days.
Bathtub Water Use :
*The percentage of water use is based on an all year average.
Indoor per capita use percent by fixture, 12 study sites.
If you or someone in your home just can’t do without their daily bath, here are a few tips to conserve water:
- Never fill tub completely when taking a bath. You don’t need to fill the tub to capacity to take a bath. Instead fill the tub with 2 to 3 inches of water for a bath.
- Don’t wait for water to get to desired temperature before filling tub. Turn the water on, put in the plug and adjust temperature while the tub fills. You can catch the cooler water in a bowl or bucket to water plants.
- Always check for leaks around your bathtub. Make sure any leaks around the faucet are repaired and also check drains and traps for leaks by inspecting the access panel.
By implementing a few of these tips into your household’s bathing routines, you will be able to conserve and save H2O in addition to having lower water bills. With the money your family saves, you will be able to afford an occasional bath.