A Clean Break

Recently I was having a discussion with my housemates about the use of electricity in the house. We’re at least vaguely conscious about usage – both for selfish reasons and out of a care for the planet.

One of my housemates pointed out that electric showers cost £1 per 10 minutes to run. I’m terrible with showers. My parents always used to mock me, I think in the hope I would cut down, about how long I used to take!

It’s also a bit of an insult to those with no clean water to indulge so heavily in it. A 10 minute shower uses more than twice as much water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day (Source: water.org).

Anyway. So I’ve decided that a sensible limit on shower time in any given day is 5 minutes. Plenty of time to wash. If I go over those 5 minutes, I’ll pay my usual double, i.e. £1 for every 5 minutes extra. We’ll see how that goes when I’m tired and grumpy!


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