This is how much time people spend in the shower everyday

Showers: Can’t live without ’em and….that’s about it. We have to get clean and a shower is usually the most effective way to do it unless you have a very laid back morning routine and can hop in the tub for a nice leisure bath. But for most of us, it is a rushed morning shower (though showering at night has some major benefits), or maybe it’s not.

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Showers: Can’t live without ’em and….that’s about it. We have to get clean and a shower is usually the most effective way to do it unless you have a very laid back morning routine and can hop in the tub for a nice leisure bath. But for most of us, it is a rushed morning shower (though showering at night has some major benefits), or maybe it’s not.

According to Home Water Works, the average American is in the shower for 8.2 minutes every day which comes out to 17.2 gallons of water. That’s no joke.

If you cut back on your showering time, not only would you be helping to save the planet but you also may find yourself with a lot more free time for other things. Atlantic journalist James Hamblin did the full calculation and found that if the average person spends 20 minutes a day washing themselves this adds up to over 12,000 hours over a lifetime. You could write five novels in that time!

How to shower faster

Now Hamblin actually stopped showering for a month to see how much time he would save. That probably isn’t necessary but there are a few ways to cut back on your shower time, especially if it is making you late for work.

1. Make it colder mid-shower

Of course, if you are in the middle of the heat wave like much of the country right now, a lukewarm shower doesn’t too bad. But in mid-winter this will definitely make you much more efficient and help you get out of the shower way faster.

2. Moisturize in the shower

Many people like to do this in an elaborate post-shower ceremony but you could save so much time if you do it while you are in there.

3. Time it to music

Do you like to sing in the shower? Then create a short-ish shower playlist with your favorite tunes and get out the minute it is over.

BONUS for the Earth: If it takes a while for your shower to get hot, then collect the cold water in a bucket and use it to water plants, according to Home Water Works.

Meredith Lepore|is the Deputy Editor of Ladders and can be reached at mlepore@theladders.com.