A white bathtub against a decorated, green wall inside a bathroom with a separate shower.

Which is Greener: A Bath or Shower?

By Helen Yin

A white bathtub against a decorated, green wall inside a bathroom with a separate shower.

While it may appear like baths use up more water than showers, that may not be the case. There are two factors to consider: (1) water pressure/efficiency of your shower head, and (2) length of shower time.

The following is a quick summary from the book, "Is It Really Green", by Georgina Wilson-Powell. 

  • The average tub holds 36 gallons (136L)
  • The average shower pumps 5 gallons (19L) of water per minute (unless you have a water-saving shower head)
  • The math = If you shower for more than 7 minutes, you are using more water than a bath tub (the average person showers for 9+ minutes)

We recommend soaking in your bath for 30+ minutes and we do not recommend filling up the entire way (more like half of your bathtub), so you're definitely getting a lot out of your water usage. For those who do not have bathtubs, we are coming out with foot soaks in the near future! 

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Fran Hogan

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