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How Much Water Do You Use?

By Two Girls Go Green |
If you had to guess, how long do you think the average person takes to shower? You might be surprised by the answer!

A calculator to estimate your water consumption at home.

If you had to guess, how long do you think the average person takes to shower?

Guessed already? Okay, the average person spends about 8 minutes in the shower--doing some of his or her best thinking, singing and, hopefully, scrub-a-dub-dubbing. In actuality, a good squeaky clean shower can be done in about 3-4 minutes according to Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

So, now think about all the things you do throughout the day that involve water. Brushing your teeth, drinking, washing your dishes, cooking your meals, flushing the toilet, doing a load of laundry, etc. A bit of water usage here, a bit there, and that puts the average household at using roughly 400 gallons of water every day. EVERY DAY!

UL created a new calculator "Save Your Water " so that people can get a sense of how much water they use. The quiz itself is interactive, taking you through a virtual home where you answer a set of simple questions. A bunch of stats and tips are displayed throughout on the left hand side.

At the end, UL challenges quiz takers to pledge a reduction in their water usage. For the first 15,000 who pledge, UL will donate $1 to Water for People , "an international organization committed to the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities and health and hygiene education programs." Last time I was on the site, there was still a bunch of money left to be donated and gallons of water to be saved! The calculator can be found at .

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  • Elaine F. 5 years ago
    good info.
  • Kathy H. 6 years ago
    We already for years have been conserving water by not running it excessively while showering,brushing our teeth, and washing dishes. My father was in the Coast Guard so he taught us to take what he called "sea showers". You get all wet,soap up your washcloth and turn the shower off. Then you get all scrubbed and lathered up, then you turn the shower back on and get rinsed. It is very efficient !Also we don't water our lawn in the summer,we just let the rain do it.
  • Geraldine R. 6 years ago
    useful info
  • Nancy W. 6 years ago
    Instead of letting the water run down the drain while waiting for the hot water to come out of the tap, we collect it in jugs (wide mouth cat-litter containers are best) and then use that water for plants both inside and outside our home. At our last home, I could collect two gallons before the water got hot from my bathtub faucet.
    Also, when the AC is running in the summer we collect the water from the condensation line for watering, or just run a hose directly to the garden. Last summer I could collect 2 gallons a day. Before we had AC we used a dehumidifier in our basement, and used that condensation water for plants.
    We haven't yet purchased rainbarrels but will soon. In the meantime, we use rocks to distribute the water flow and diffuse the pressure from the bottom of the downspouts; gently watering gardens and lawn and preventing erosion of soil.
  • Kathy S. 6 years ago
    I really try to be aware of how much water I use mindlessly. The easy ones are shorter showers and turning the water off while brushing teeth. There is always room for improvement though. I admire people who have mechanisms in their homes to water their garden with their bath-water or other cool things like that.
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