I’ll bet some of you are wondering, is she really going to write a whole article on ways to save money in the shower? Isn’t that a little, um, personal? Well, yes, I guess it is a little personal but since this is a personal finance blog, what the heck we’ll go for it. At the risk of flirting with the line between frugal and cheap, we will go there!
Is it possible to save an astronomical amount of money in the shower? Of course not. But there are certainly things that you can do to be more frugal in the shower, and if you can convince other family members to do some of these things too then the benefits will be multiplied! The benefits of being more frugal in the shower extend not only to your wallet but also to a more responsible use of the earth’s resources. Can’t beat that, right?
8 Smart Ways to Save Money in the Shower
1) Limit time in the shower. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Less time in the shower equals less water and energy used.
2) Consider switching to a water efficient shower head if you do not already have one.
3) For ladies or gents with long hair- consider using a shower cap and not washing your hair every day. I know, a shower cap sounds like it’s for elderly ladies. Looks funny. I can hear all the protests, but this can be a biggie because washing your hair every day takes a lot of water. I started using a shower cap about a year ago and now wash my hair only every other day or so (unless I’m going to the gym more frequently- that requires more hair washing). Does it look funny? Um, yeah! Does my hubby make fun of me? Absolutely! But hey, I’m too busy saving time, money, water, and the environment to care. Here is a link for a shower cap similar to the one I use. You can also pick up cheapies at hotels sometimes, but they don’t last very long.
4) Speaking of hotels, the cost of all those little shampoos and soaps are usually built into the room. You can totally pick those up and take them home, which will save you money on products. I’m guessing ladies may not like this option as much as men; I know I like my certain shampoo brands, whereas Mr. CMF could not care less (especially since he started shaving his head!)
5) Turn down the hot water heater. It takes energy (= dollars on your electric or gas bill) to make the water hotter!
6) If you have a gym membership you could consider showering at the gym after your workouts- you’re probably just going to go home and shower anyway, right?
7) Consider watering down your products like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. The products will go a lot farther that way and you won’t have to buy them as often.
8) Shut off the water when you are not rinsing. Less water used= lower water bill.
These are all small changes, but hey- saving money is saving money, right? And not like the Black Friday version of saving money where you have to spend money to save money- implementing changes like this could result in direct savings in your wallet. There is also the added bonus that you can feel good about being a more responsible citizen of the earth. Feels good, doesn’t it?
Have you done any of these things to save money and water? What are some other ways to save money in the shower that you have used?
Suggested Reading: If you are interested in reading about more ways to improve your home’s energy/resource efficiency, a great book to check out is Cut Your Energy Bills Now: 150 Smart Ways to Save Money & Make Your Home More Comfortable & Green.
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