“Your shower is wasting huge amounts of energy and water. Here’s what you can do about it.” This article by Chris Mooney in The Washington Post is a perfect example of efforts to sell stuff to save energy and water. All of the suggested solutions involve buying things to ease one's conscience while taking long showers. The problem of long showers is dubbed “behavioral waste,” by Evolve Technologies. But efficient shower heads, re-circulating pump and heat recovery systems don’t change behavior – they permit behavioral waste to continue.
If people migrated from daily showers to twice weekly enjoyable showers we could cut energy and water consumption about 70% - without spending a dime! Save energy, water, money and time. Also, daily showers dry out your skin and results in the use of chemical laden ‘moisturizers.’ You may be able to save money as well as reducing ‘behavioral waste.’ Seems like a ‘no-brainer.’ You could even enjoy a longer shower – twice a week – a spa experience at home.
This won’t work for everyone, of course. Laborers, athletes, high-stress workers, and other sweaty folks could benefit from technology solutions that help conserve water and energy - when they shower everyday. But for the rest of us do we really need to shower every day. What do you think?