23 Nov '11, 12pm

Who takes the longest showers? 12-year-old boys, says @treehugger

Who takes the longest showers? 12-year-old boys, says @treehugger

Doesn't everyone know that showers waste water? When it comes to those easy lists of how-to-go-green without pain, shorter showers and fewer baths top the chart. But not in jolly old England, where people are taking 8-minute-long showers, according to a recent survey on showering habits. What do they do in there for so long? Performed by Unilever , the survey reveals some interesting details on the nation's private life. A survey of 2,600 showers taken by 100 families over a 10-day period found that the average shower lasted 8 minutes--much longer than the assumed time of five minutes for a shower. At that length, the shower used almost as much water and energy as the average bath and cost twice as much a year in water and electricity costs. Apparently, an 8 minute shower used 62 litres of hot water, compared with an average bath's 80 litres. And if people used a power sho...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-efficiency/12-year-old-b...

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