Water Efficient Showerheads
Do You Need A Water Saving Showerhead?
Showering is something that takes up a large portion of residential water consumption. As a matter of fact, according the the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States, about 17% of indoor water use is from showers. Fixing a leak or swapping out your existing showerhead to help save water is going to help you to conserve water now and for future generations. It can also save you a great deal of money when it comes to your water bills and energy bills month to month.
An older showerhead can use about 5 1/2 gallons of water each minute. A modern showerhead will usually use about 2 1/2 a minute. If you are able to swap out one unit for another, you can end up saving about 27,000 gallons per year for a family of four. This can result in about $260 in savings each year. Fixing leaks will also help to save money and one drip per second can waste about 1,660 gallons and cost you around $35 a year.
Everyone loves to save money, and the water savings that are associated with a newer showerhead will be a great benefit for conserving water and helping society as a whole. More than 35 states in the nation went through a water shortage in 2013 and the EPA reports that average families will use about 40 gallons of water each day while showering. Going with a newer showerhead to save water could add up to thousands of gallons of water being saved each year. If you think about it, every family doing this single step can save billions of gallons each year and save water at a rate of about 25% to 60%.
In order to reach maximum efficiency, you should look for a showerhead that has a flow rate of about 2.5 gpm or less. There are two kinds of low flow showerheads, one that is laminar flow and one that is aerating. A laminar flow will form individual water streams and aerating will be a mixture of water and air that creates a misting spray. If you happen to live in a humid climate, the laminar flow will not create as much steam or moisture like an aerating showerhead.
If you happen to have fixtures that are from before 1992, you can look into replacing them if you are not quite sure what the flow rates are. The following is a quick test that you can use to determine whether or not you should replace a showerhead or not:
Take a bucket that is marked with gallon increments and place it under your showerhead. Turn on your shower using the normal water pressure you would be using. Time out how many seconds it takes to fill the bucket to the marking for one gallon. If the time is shorter than 20 seconds to reach that mark, you could benefit greatly from a lower flow showerhead.
Replacing your showerhead is quite simple. Just make sure that the faucet is shut off and twist your showerhead to the left. You might have to use pliers or a good wrench. Once you take off the old unit, wipe off the threats of the pipe with a damp rag. You can then screw the new showerhead into place by twisting it to the right. Plumber’s tape can be installed in between the pipe threads to minimize leaking.
Other Ways For Saving
A water saving showerhead is going to save you money, but taking steps for conservation will be able to save you even more. Look into a low flow unit or even a toggle switch to help you cut down on consumption. There are also some showerheads that have a built in timer that will limit the shower times within your household.