Tips For Saving Water In Your Bathroom

Mike Robbers By Mike Robbers, 5th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Learn how to save water in your bathroom and help towards a more sustainable future... It's all up to us!

Have You Read the News?

On the 9th of January 2013 a Dutch newspaper was reporting the news: a council official responsible for how things are run in the Drenthe municipality in The Netherlands was encouraging citizens to... pee under the shower for the sake of saving – money, energy, water. Yes, I know, it sounds outrageously funny for the common sense citizen of a Western society. Even though we might very well do that, we will not possibly comment on what is going on under our shower!

However, the Dutch official showed a lot of courage in making his recommendations, which are for the sake of a better cause: saving on water. We must all be very well acquainted with the environmental concerns of the past few decades and the more and more alarming tone when it comes to the natural resources of our planet. We know by now that, despite some of them being renewable, not all of them are easily renewable and not all of them are inexhaustible. We turn more and more into saving up on our most precious sources of life and water is one of them. But instead of going so Dutch and actually following what some might consider an exaggerated recommendation coming from the Dutch official, we might very well try to look towards other alternatives and find more honorable solutions for saving up on that precious water, but also for saving our honor, our energy and our finances, while still making proper use of the appliances and available devices when in the bathroom.

Kicking Out Old Habits

First and mostly, if you want to save up on the water while taking a bath, the best way to do it is to give up on certain habits, no matter how enjoyable they might seem, in a reasonable process of setting up priorities. The most water consuming habit is to fill in the tub with water and soak your body in it. Not only that it is water consuming, but it is highly polluting and energy consuming altogether.

There are many cosmetic products sold to us out there in the supermarket pushing us to use our tub filled with water. So many bath foams, so many salts – some of them rather artificially colored than 100% natural, one might argue. They pollute the high quantity of water that one is using for taking such a royal bath like the one which involves sinking into a tub of foam. Not to mention that some might even want to rinse the body of sticky or oily substances and might fill in the tub once more, for the cleaning bath after supposedly having had a bath just before. So, kicking out the habit of having one of those rather Hollywood-like baths in the foamy tub might definitely be a solution to significantly cut on the amount of water to be used in the bathroom, and also to reduce pollution and the use of energy, including your own energy that you might put in such a time consuming habit, after all!

Benefits of Using a Shower

Next step might be to switch to using a shower instead of an old-school bath tub. It has been proven already and it has been repeatedly reported by major newscasters such as BBC, Daily Mail, The Independent that on average some 80 liters of water are being consumed by using a tub, compared to 62 liters of water used on average during an eight-minute shower. However, with the latest technology incorporated in water-saving Eco-friendly Mira shower range, there can be saved up to 75% percent of the water consumed, therefore some 46,5 liters of water saved for every shower taken.

Invest on Green Sollutions

Numbers seem promising, but we do not have to forget that our own choices are the ones to determine whether water will be saved and cherished or kept on being sometimes irresponsibly and inefficiently consumed. Even though the recommendations made by the Dutch official might seem farfetched, the water problem nowadays in the world is real and urgent. Plus, in times of economic crisis who would not rather want to reduce the water bill!? Like in many cases nowadays, the best answers might be given by technology and those latest scientific advancements that get to be well-applied in practice, such as in the previously mentioned case.

In order to save ourselves from the trouble of obsessively counting water spent and water saved, or of the ethical worries and concerns that might pop up every time we use the shower or the bathroom, not to mention the bother of making use of the appliances designed for bathing instead of using the toilet, maybe an investment in the latest technology would be one of interest to many of us. Given that it would also contribute to saving other types of resources such as money and energy, maybe it could be the one to change the future into a better one. I guess that we cannot but choose, wait and see!

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Bathroom, Green Issues, Green Living, Recycling, Saving Water, Shower, Water Polution

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author avatar AnnH
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks for sharing this interesting article Mike.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
7th Jun 2013 (#)

@Gemstar99
Glad you enjoyed it.

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author avatar Johnny Knox
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Water is a precious commodity that we should spend carefully. Nice article, Mike!

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author avatar Mike Robbers
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Indeed! Thank you for your comment Johnny...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Spot, very drop helps, well done...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Jun 2013 (#)

sorry- comment "jammbles"LOL...meant to say- spot on!-every dropped saved helps...well done and thanks:0)

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author avatar Mike Robbers
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Every drop indeed ;)
Glad you liked my post Delicia.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
9th Jun 2013 (#)

A very interesting read. Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
10th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks Clarence...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Jun 2013 (#)

Other than my American problem of trying to convert liters to gallons (my issue, not yours), this article was easy to read with a very catching lead-in about the Dutch! Thanks for the information -- and you're dead to rights about bath salts, etc. They don't enter my home!!

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author avatar Mike Robbers
10th Jun 2013 (#)

Hehe... yes, the "Dutch connection" was a good one I think :)

Glad you liked my post Phyl Campbell :)

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author avatar Carol
14th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you for these helpful hints Mike

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author avatar Mike Robbers
15th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you, Carol!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Jun 2013 (#)

well I surely learned a lot from this Mike..thank you...

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author avatar Mike Robbers
15th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks for stopping by, cn.

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author avatar Ptrikha
18th Jun 2013 (#)

While it might seem very old style or may be primitive, using bucket for bathing is even more water saving than showers. In india, we still use buckets many a times, especially when we mix hot water in winters.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
1st Jul 2013 (#)

@Ptritka
Interesting, i had no idea in India they're still doing this...

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
29th Jun 2013 (#)

A very interesting topic.I'm glad you wrote about it.As hindu water is given a lot importance.We must respect it cos' it removes our waste,keeps us clean and without it we cannot exist.It has a lot of power to destroy us,we can put blazing fire off but how do humans stop a flood or tsumani.In South Africa water savings is a must cos' of the cost which rises all the time.But the irony is that water comes for free but the cost lies on purifying,maintenance and chanelling it to the people.For developing countries the bigger the population the more expensive it becomes.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
1st Jul 2013 (#)

@Randhir Bechoo
Indeed, its sad what happens in developing countries where water tends to become a... luxurious product when all it really is actually a gift from nature for all of us! Thank you for your elaborative comment my friend!

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author avatar Retired
1st Jul 2013 (#)

Interesting article and some great tips for saving water.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
1st Jul 2013 (#)

@carolford
Thanks a lot...

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author avatar sukkran
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

important topic. thanks for sharing the useful message.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

@sukkran
My pleasure mate, appreciate your support...

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author avatar C. E. Clark
5th Jul 2013 (#)

I can see how hand held showers would save water because it's easy to turn the water off when a person is soaping up, for example, but with a regular shower head, it's running all the time. It would seem to me that having that water run continually would use more water than filling a tub half or a little more full. I hate baths myself, but it just seems to me they use less water overall.

Very useful information.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jul 2013 (#)

Very informative

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author avatar Mike Robbers
8th Jul 2013 (#)

@C.E. Clark
@ICANANSWER
Thank you both for your comments...

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author avatar Retired
9th Jul 2013 (#)

Very useful post, Mike. Water is not inexhaustible and we need to save each drop.
I'd rather take a shower than a soak in the tub any day.
Thanks for this well written and timely article. It's never too late to start saving water.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
9th Jul 2013 (#)

@Rajan
Thanks for commenting and stopping by.

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author avatar vickylass
19th Jul 2013 (#)

I do agree with you and I do really take for granted the liquid that flows out of the tap, thinking that it´ll never run out. Yet, it will soooner than later if we go on wasting it as we are.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
20th Jul 2013 (#)

@vicky
Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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author avatar Retired
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Important issue. Thanks for sharing these tips! :)

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author avatar Mike Robbers
26th Jul 2013 (#)

@rama devi nina
They are important issues, indeed! Thanks for the comment.

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author avatar paidtoblog
24th Aug 2013 (#)

Saving money on the home water bill is important especially for those who live in really hot climates.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
24th Aug 2013 (#)

@paidtoblog: That's true and there are many ways to do so. Thanks for stopping by!

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