Showering the Navy way…
This summer, I started showering the Navy way. Ironically, I didn’t know it was called that at the time. I was showering, and thought “Wow, most of the shower water is being wasted and that I could reduce my water usage”.
Here is What I Did:
So I started to soak myself, turn off the water, scrub down, then turn the water back on to wash away the soap and shampoo. I cut my water consumption by about half. Later, after I got a rhythm, I was able to cut my water usage by at least 80%. I’m sure it’s possible to achieve a better percentage, but this was fine for me.
At the time, I thought it was pretty clever and I told one of the older guys at work… He said “So you took a Navy shower huh”. I googled it, and apparently, that’s almost exactly what I did.
A Navy shower is one where you:
- Soak yourself
- Turn the water off
- Lather up and scrub
- Turn the water back on, and rinse
My buddy (a Navy man) told me that the fresh water stored on the ship was a limited supply. And apparently, to conserve the fresh water, everybody would follow the technique above to save as much water as possible.
Practicing such a technique will:
- Save you money (less water waste)
- Conserve water (better for the environment)
- Keep water hot for the family (nobody likes a cold shower)
What a great way to get more bang for your buck! You (and your family) will benefit 3 ways all at once.
I don’t practice this on very cold winter days, although, it’s a great way to wake up! Coffee is overrated anyway… ;)
Another debatable perk is… After doing this for a while, taking a nice regular hot shower is a treat, almost a luxury. I now make sure I take a regular shower at least once a week just to reward myself and enjoy it!
Anyway, that’s my 3 cents for the day!