According to steam shower manufacturer, Steamist®, incorporating steam baths into one’s daily shower routine can significantly reduce the amount of water washed down the drain. The company reports that an average regular shower uses approximately 2 ½ gallons of water per minute, while a 20-minute Steamist® steam bath uses less than half a gallon. “This means that a one-minute shower uses five times more water than a 20-minute steam bath,” the company says.

In addition, Steamist points out that steam baths also are conservative on energy and easy on electric bills ― a 20-minute steam bath costing an average of 25 cents.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans use an average of 100 gallons of water each day – enough to fill 1,600 drinking glasses.

“While a steam bath does not necessarily replace the cleansing function of the shower, Steamist recommends combining a short shower with a longer steam bath to cleanse, relax and rejuvenate without wasting water,” suggests Jeff Carney, vice president of sales and marketing for Steamist.  "Installing a steam bath in the home is a step towards luxury that homeowners can feel good about."

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