Get ready to get hairy! No-Shave November is a month-long journey in which participants skip shaving to start a conversation and raise awareness about cancer. Since many cancer patients lose their hair during chemotherapy treatments, the program encourages people to embrace their natural hair and let it grow freely. The organization also suggests participants use the money they would normally use for shaving and donate it to cancer prevention research during November.

What does No-Shave November mean for your energy usage? You can save a lot of water and energy by skipping shaving every day! Both guys and girls are welcome to participate.

What guys can do to participate

Skip shaving your facial hair for the month. Each showerhead is different, but the average showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute. For guys who shave in the shower for 5 minutes, that uses about 12.5 gallons of water each day! That adds up to 375 gallons during November.

You may think shaving at the sink uses less water than shaving in the shower, but your sink might be using more water than you realize. A standard bathroom faucet uses 2.2 gallons of water per minute. If you shave at the sink for 5 minutes every day and let the water run the whole time, you could still be using about 11 gallons of water each time you shave. That adds up to 330 gallons in the month of November. Yikes!

What girls can do to participate

Skip shaving your legs for the month. If you normally shave your legs in the shower for 5 minutes every other day, you're using about 12.5 gallons of water each time you shave. Skipping shaving in November can save 187.5 gallons of water! Remember, showering with hot water also requires energy to heat the water. Not only will you be saving water by skipping, but you'll also be saving energy.

How to reduce your water usage all year long

High-efficiency showerheads use 1.5 gallons per minute instead of 2.5. If your shower currently uses too much water, consider replacing it with a low-flow showerhead. If your faucet is an older model that uses too much water, consider getting a faucet aerator. An aerator adds air to your water flow and limits how much water flows through the faucet. Most aerators are labeled with how much water they allow to flow through per minute. Look for low-flow aerators that use 1.2 to 1.5 gallons per minute to save water every day. For more tips about how to save energy in the bathroom, check out this blog post.

Follow the rules at work

No-Shave November is supposed to be fun, but make sure you follow the rules. If you have a strict dress code for work, the No-Shave November website suggests keeping your facial hair trimmed and groomed as necessary. No-Shave November is a popular trend, so chances are you won't be the only one going natural this November. Not to mention, you might even save time getting ready in the morning.

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