OK, now that he's out of the way, we'll continue.
Have you ever noticed how the older you get the more you remind yourself of your parents? Maybe it's just me, but I seem to be turning into Dad and Mom a bit more each year. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, in fact overall, it's probably a great thing in my case. My folks are quite wonderful people. But it does take me back a bit to hear words come out of my mouth, usually directed at one of my children, that I know I heard the same words about 25 years or so ago directed at me.
Take showers. (I hope you do TAKE them, but in this instance, I mean "Think about showers.) The older the Young'uns have gotten, the more I find myself knocking on doors and
These are things I know my Dad
When the long showerer exits the bathroom, all rosy and clean from their sauna, I commence with the "Why You Don't Need to Take Such Long Showers" Speech. It's one of my best, if I do say so myself. I've gotten it down to the point where I can make the speech last for as long as the offender has been in the shower - just to help prove my point. In the speech, I try to cover all aspects of the evils of long showers - the wasting of water, the wasting of gas to heat the water, the fact that others need the bathroom, the lack of warm water left in the water heater for others, etc. Up to this point, I've included general statements regarding the cost of long showers and the toll such showers take on the family budget. I've never been able to back up these references with cold hard facts...
I've found an online Shower Water Use Calculator! Oh the joy! Using this calculator and copies of our current water and power bills here on the Farm, I was able to quickly determine the cost of a certain son's showering habits - about .46 per shower. (Am I the only one who finds such things fun to figure?)
On the surface, this doesn't seem to bad, but let's multiply this out a bit. If only one shower is taken by this guy each day, that comes out to $3.23 per week, $13.85 per month and $168.53 per year. If all of the Young'uns develop the same habits as they get older, we'll be paying almost $2,000.00 each year to wash their bodies. "Ouch," says the family budget.
The Shower Water Use Calculator is easy to use, does all the math for you, has explanations about the numbers you need to enter and has even done some research on averages for where you live. Pretty amazing, especially for the math challenged like me. I share the basic calculator here as a service to other parents who might also give the "Why You Don't Need to Take Such Long Showers" Speech from time to time. If you'd like to do a bit more figuring, there's a great addition to the Shower Water Use Calculator which will help you figure the energy used by each shower at their website, here.
Also, Dad if you've not followed my request and gone ahead and read this post anyway, I'm sorry in advance. You're probably going get out those old utility bills I know you've still got in your office and figure out how much you spent on showers over the years for three teenage girls. It's going to hurt. Just know, our cleanliness contributed greatly to each of us being able to snag such great husbands who took us out of your home and, really, saved you a BUNCH of money every since. I guess those long showers could be seen as a good investment...
PS- I love you Dad!