8 ways to Green Your Shower
Sure it's where you get clean. But what's the planet think about your shower habits? (And we don't just mean whether you're a singer or a silent sudser.) Good shower habits can lower both energy and water usage—and save money.
These water-conserving fixtures are available at most hardware or plumbing supply stores and can be fitted to most standard shower arms.
Take shorter showers with these inexpensive, handy devices that cut your wash-up time by helping you discern your average shower length. One of these tickers will save you energy and water.
Scrub your shower with natural cleaners, which are readily biodegradable and contain no known carcinogens.
Setting your water heater's thermostat at a perfectly comfortable 120°F—a small change for most—lowers energy usage, and saves you money.
A solar thermal water heater that uses the sun's warmth to cook up warm water naturally uses much less energy than an electric boiler.
Skip the PVC and go for a shower curtain made of hemp, organic cotton, PEVA, or even recycled soda bottles to reduce the amount of toxic waste you produce and improve your health.
Bath enclosures allow you to avoid using off-gassing vinyl shower curtains that need to be thrown out on a regular basis, cutting your long-term waste and toxic inputs, too.
Dry off with towels made from natural and organic fibers and low-impact dyes to make the wipe-down as eco-friendly as the sudsing-up.