68. Install a low-flow showerhead.

Low-flow showerheads are like a refreshing (and wet) breeze. If their purpose is to use less water, an easier (to install), cheaper and faster option is to choose a ‘cold-flow’ showerhead, AKA a cold-water shower. Studies somewhere show that humans tend to spend less time standing in cold water showers.

To help you ‘Install a low-flow showerhead’, here’s a simple 2-step process:

  1. Find your flow
  2. Chill

Your Future You also encourages you to ‘Install a low-flow showerhead,’ when cold-flow showers give you the chill. Your future is slipping you a note about studies showing cold showers and ice baths equate to living longer (future hint-hint).  Tolerate a little discomfort today for a longer tomorrow…hmmm.  We’re going to stand next to the fire while we think about this.

P.S. - It’s been reported that Corporate Housing Companies can be an easy way to help you ‘Install a low-flow showerhead’ by….asking! (Gasp!) It’s hard to say if a corporate housing company will install one in your permanent home, but we’re pretty sure most companies will provide one (if not already installed) in your furnished monthly rental. 

P.P.S - A super-chill way to start out 2024 (if cold showers are not your thing) is to tackle a New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. If you need more time to build up your coldness, then consider the 2024 Special Olympics DC Polar Plunge in February that raises money (and pulses) for a great cause. Happy New Years and we’re sending everyone lots of love and joy and chillin’ in 2024! 

Why does this ‘Future You’ Series exist? What’s it about?  

  1. Promote easy, quirky sustainable practices that are NOT preachy, or guilt-ridden and without a focus on the ‘saving the planet’ (hint: the planet is going to survive no matter what we do). 

  2. A playful post of simple ways to sorta improve our lives, and the lives of those we love. Also improve our future lives… by taking playful action today. 

  3. Still reading? Cool. We think you’re amazing and full of joyful zest. 

This series is based off ‘105 Simple Sustainable actions’ - from Stephane Omsanski’s article in Parade from 2021.

68. Install a low-flow showerhead.

A low-flow showerhead reduces the amount of water wasted by dispensing 2 gallons (or less) of water per minute.  By using a low-flow showerhead, you could save up to 350 pounds of carbon dioxide.