Today, for reducing my water consumption, I set similar goals to most of my classmates by taking shorter showers, reinstating the phrase “if it’s yellow, let it mellow,” and turning the faucet off when I’m “soaping up” my hands. I feel like starting today made it even easier because of the lovely weather. The main reasons I went inside were to use the facilities and to refill my nalgene.
From observing my regular habits, I found that my showers are between 7 and 10 minutes, I drink about 8 cups of water a day, and I only turn on the faucet when I put my toothbrush under the faucet and rinse it, which is very little time. Even though I consider my water use habits to be fairly reasonable, I still tried to make room for improvement for this week to see what excess water I could cut out from my daily routine.
Again, I reinstated the phrase “if it’s yellow, let it mellow” and worked with Megan Hart to accomplish the feat. It’s a simple thing we can do as neighbors to lower our water consumption. This as one of my goals was not hard getting used to, considering I have had to do it before on many occasions. Also for my shower today, since I don’t wash my hair every day, I timed myself at around 5 minutes total. The efforts are working! Even though I’m consciously using less water, I feel better about what I’m doing, not that I’m depriving myself of something that is readily available. It feels worth while and I enjoy it.