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Five Minutes to Better Energy

3 June 2010

One of the most added actions this month on the Minnesota Energy Challenge is also one that usually gets me a lot of eye rolls – taking shorter showers. The longer that shower runs, the more money you spend both on getting the water to your house and then heating it.  Just heating water can account for 10% or more of the average Minnesotan family’s utility bills – especially if everyone is taking long showers!  You want to shoot for a five minute shower for ideal savings.

What about taking a bath versus taking a shower? A full bathtub can use up to 70 gallons of water, while a nice five minute shower with a low-flow showerhead uses a fraction – only 10 gallons!

Summer is a great time to start practicing this good habit, since there is less temptation to stay in hot water than when you’re trying to heat up a chilled bathroom.  And if every once and a while you indulge with a slightly longer shower…well, just think how much better it will feel when it’s a special treat!

:: Five is Just Fine

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