We all should know by now that taking shorter showers is a simple way of saving water, and the belief that the average shower takes around five minutes is fairly widespread. However, a new survey of UK showering habits suggests that the average shower actually takes eight minutes.
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BBC News reports on a study of 100 families covering 2600 showers, where the length of the shower was measured by automatic sensors attached to the shower, rather than by the more common but less accurate method of asking people to estimate how long they took. That research suggested the average shower took eight minutes.
The figures on water consumption from showers are of less relevance to Australia, since the electrically-operated "power shower" is an uncommon option here, and many of us have water-saving shower heads. Baths are also a much more common option in the UK.
My typical showering routine takes just under four minutes on a workday, but on weekends I'm definitely guilty of lingering in the shower longer. Do you need more than eight minutes for your daily shower routine?
People's showering habits revealed in survey [BBC News]