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Five is Just Fine

Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1 Savings: 261 lbs CO2 / $24 Bookmark and Share

Take five minute showers for squeaky-clean energy savings.

Why You Should Do It

It’s easy to lose track of how much time we’re in the shower (especially if you shower before you have your coffee).  Taking shorter showers helps reduce your hot water costs.

What It Costs


How to Do It

  1. Select “Add to My Challenge” and pledge to take a shorter shower.
  2. Time yourself taking your usual shower and notice how long it took you.
  3. Set a timer for five minutes and see how it feels.
  4. Work on reducing your shower time each week until you get to five minuter.  Remember, you can still treat yourself with a longer shower every now and then!
  5. Congratulate yourself for saving energy and money and making a difference for Minnesota!

Make It a Family Activity

Trying to teach younger kids good showering habits?  Buy a shower timer - or just a regular kitchen egg timer - and put it in the bathroom.  Teach your kids how to set the timer for 5 minutes and encourage them to get out of the shower when the timer goes off.  It takes 30 days to set a habit, so if you can get them to use the timer for a month, they'll be hooked!  Using the timer yourself and taking five minute showers also sets a good example that they'll want to copy.


  • aly595 says:

    i love showers !! i don't know how im going to do this

  • daddys.girl27 says:

    It is not that hard after you get into the groove of taking a shower for a shorter amount of time.

  • lindsaymaty says:


  • glidster77 says:

    taking showers is awesome.

  • tjchapp says:

    Actually, if you only leave the water on when you're using it (for getting wet, and rinsing off), your shower will only be 60 -90 seconds. Try it and you will be amazed at how comfortable you are. I don't do it when I'm sick, or if I wake up freezing, but typically showers are still VERY enjoyable!!

  • cariana83 says:

    i think this is cool to do (:

  • samburrows says:


  • jiaprk says:

    I probably can't do this

  • says:

    This is a really easy fun way to save energy

  • dragonlove680 says:

    Its easy! I do it everyday!

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