Shocked by our latest gas bill, we decided to take drastic measures – it was time to shorten our showers. A cheap digital kitchen timer serves as a useful device for our new challenge – to shower in four minutes or under. This simple regime has already demonstrated benefits – including some unexpected ones…
1. Save water
No surprises here – shorter showers mean less water used. Good for the environment as well as for your water bill.
2. Save gas
This was our main motivator – to reduce our gas bill. Every extra minute in the shower is another minute of boiler power, heating up your morning waterfall. Given that gas bills have doubled since 2002 and are predicted to rise by another 27% by 2020, the shower timer should lead to some significant savings.
Quicker showers means you save time. You choose whether that’s extra minutes in bed, or extra minutes on your work flexi-sheet credit.
4. Boost your energy levels
Okay, this one was unexpected. But in order to finish your shower before the timer rings, you have to ‘gee yourself up’ and get moving, rather than mindlessly daydreaming in the bathroom. Adjusting to a fast-moving pace stays with you for the rest of your morning routine, and we’ve found you start moving more quickly and purposely in getting dressed, eating breakfast and getting out of the house – and you start your day with more of a spring in your step.
5. The ‘sport’ factor
Yes, that’s right – its become a source of friendly competition in our household. An unintended consequence of the shower timer has been a challenge to see who can take the quickest shower! Perhaps we should spend the money we save on gas bills on a special prize for the winner…
So, there you have it – five reasons to move your kitchen timer to your bathroom. And I didn’t even say “money down the drain” once (sorry).