4 minute shower challenge

Merlyn 10 Series 1 Door Offset Quadrant

I do love the 4 minute shower challenge! Not the bit of kit itself, which, if truth be told, looks ever more cheap as everyone falls over themselves in a race to produce the cheapest possible timer. I would pay good money for a brass and glass timer (though that’s probably just me!).

But I digress. The four minute shower challenge is not about the timer itself. Its all about the challenge and whether we react better to a challenge rather than the worthy (if important) fact that we should all have shorter showers to save water and reduce CO2 emissions.

So why do I like it so much? Well, firstly, I hate telling people what to do. Friends and family who are reading this and have come on my canal boat with me may beg to differ at this point and they would have a point, if only a small and very moot one. So let me rephrase that. If someone tells me what to do I pretty much immediately want to do the opposite. So therefore its not a tactic I feel comfortable with when talking to pupils about why its important to save water. I would rather give them information about the environmental implications of using water, especially the link between hot water and climate change, find out the inordinately long times some of them are in the shower, use my patented “you do look very clean” tactic and then set the challenge. Bish bosh sorted. They will all rush home and get in and out of that shower in a trice. And the world will be saved …

Ahh, if only it were that easy. . 

Of course, there is no 100% guarantee it will work but there is research out there that says it does enough times to make it worthwhile setting it and that’s good enough for me. 


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