Change the World in Five Minutes: Turn Down the Hot Water Temp

In 2009 I started a blog called Change the World in Five Minutes Every Day. It was inspired by my SBS short film Change the World in Five Minutes Every Day at School. I blogged my five minute actions but soon found it difficult to take a five minute action, photograph it and blog it every single day so I kept acting but stopped blogging. Over the coming weeks I am going to re-post some of those five minute actions here each Monday. Hope they’re inspiring in some way.


That was a simulation of me being scalded in the shower when somebody in another room turned on the tap. Quite realistic, huh?

My hot water is so hot that I always have to mix it with cold to use it. Most hot water heaters are set to 75 celsius (167 Fahrenheit) or higher, burning tonnes of fossil fuels unnecessarily.

I figure I’ll avoid third-degree burns, save a stack of cash and change the world by turning it down to 60 celsius (140 Fahrenheit). If you’re not an adult, pressure your folks to do it. 

It actually only takes four minutes, leaving a lazy minute to kick back and smell the compost… or whatever else is close to yr hot water heater.


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