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August 30-Day Green Challenge: Navy Showers

Date posted: 07/31/2013

by Jen Lamboy on
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Save Water 300x300 August 30 Day Green Challenge: Navy Showers

This water droplet was recently saved thanks to a nearby navy shower. Join the challenge to save many more just like him.

Navy shower. Sailor shower. Military shower. Call it what you like, mate, “power showers” are the focus of August’s 30-Day Green Challenge.

What is a Navy Shower?

A navy shower is the power nap of the water world, the express lane of the suds stand. More specifically, it’s a showering method where the showeree turns off the running water in between latherings, thereby saving a boatload of water. It goes something like this:

  1. Turn on the water.
  2. Hop in and get wet.
  3. Turn off the water.
  4. Lather up.
  5. Turn on the water.
  6. Quickly rinse.
  7. Turn off the water.

Old sea legend has it that this ultra water-conserving way to wash is a water-born method first used on naval ships. Access to fresh water was limited, so the sailors cooked up the navy shower to keep body odor at bay.

How Long Should My Short Shower Be?

A two-minute running time for the water on is a good goal. Time-wise this breaks down to:

  • 30 Seconds or so to initially get wet—water on.
  • However long it might take you to soap up—water off.
  • A minute or less to rinse—water on.

We chose to wait until August—usually the hottest month of the year in most states—to pose this challenge. We figured asking the community to try navy showering during the dead of winter would garner less success (and more shivering). The idea with this month’s 30-day doozie is this: A month of water-skinny showers is short enough to keep participants from feeling like this is a sick form of water torture, yet long enough to let the effects of saving water seep in and ultimately entice you to turn this daily task into a lifelong habit.

How Much Will I Save?

The savings is three-fold:

  • Water—In a month’s time, one person can save more than 1,700 gallons of water. That’s because the average 10-minute shower can use up to 60 gallons of water. The navy shower might only use 3 gallons. That’s 95% LESS shower water!
  • Money—In many cities, water companies charge customers more per gallon the more they use. Want to stop your money from going down the drain? Join the challenge, take note of July’s water bill, and then compare it to August’s water bill when the challenge ends.
  • Time—Time is also a precious resource we just can’t replace, right? By taking shorter showers you just might have an extra seven or so minutes to tack onto your dog walk or morning coffee-and-reading ritual. Who wouldn’t love that?

How Can I Enlist?

Simply become a crew member by joining the 30-Day Green Challenge on Facebook. By participating, you’ll get additional water-saving tips to help you throughout the challenge, connect with a community of greenies, and have the opportunity to share your experience with a group of water-wise individuals. [LINK]Get on board!

How Long Must I Serve?

30 days. It’s less of a must, and more of an oh-c’mon-30-days-is-nothin’ kind of challenge. You won’t be alone. Well in the shower you will, but you know what we mean.

What if I Get the Urge to Go AWOL?

Very rarely do Challenge participants abandon ship. But should you feel the itch to go AWOL—Absent Without Lathering—use the  Challenge page as your hotline. Ask questions, post your thoughts, share your concerns. We are all in the same boat and want to see everyone succeed.

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About Jen Lamboy

Jen Lamboy is a Colorado-based word girl and yoga teacher. She's covered crime beats (which made her cry), endurance sports (well, OK, that made her cry, too), arts and entertainment, pop culture, dining, health and wellness, you name it. She's also written for various food publications and another rag called The Onion that has very little do with edible goodness. When she's not running mountain trails, holding a handstand while listening to Survivor's Eye of the Tiger, or chasing a smaller being around the front yard, Jen is sitting at the edge of her kitchen chair tapping away about the riveting automotive world. More articles by Jen Lamboy

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