I think most of us know that showers are a fairly decent energy hog. We try to make them better by installing low flow shower heads, turning the water off while soaping up, or using a timer to get you out of the shower quicker. These are great things and do save a lot of water and the energy needed to heat the water up. So, we would like to add one more trick to the list. The trick is to completely enclose the shower stall.
Enclosing the shower stall has many different benefits. First off, all that steamy water and heat stays in the shower stall which keeps you nice and toasty warm. This allows you to use cooler water to shower which saves on the amount of energy needed to heat the water. Also, by keeping all that steam in the stall, your bathroom mirror doesn’t fog up. So, you can use it as soon as you get out of the shower. This also will help stop mildew build up in the bathroom if its not very well ventilated.
So, what does it take to get a enclosed shower stall? Well, our first choice at EcoRenovator is normally a DIY approach. For that, we would recommend taking a look at LowEnergy’s write up “Cozy Low-Energy Shower” on instructables.com. Its a great write up and he actually goes through a few additional ideas on saving water in the shower. The other option would be to purchase an enclosed shower stall. For that option, you’ll want to head on over to the Showerdome website. There you can find info on purchasing an enclosed shower kit.