Thinking Green

Saving Water with Low-Flow Showerheads

By: Danny Lipford

Showers account for almost a fourth of individual water use. Installing low-flow showerheads in your home saves both water and energy. For more ways to reduce the water you use, check out our article Water Conservation in the Home.

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Did you know that showers account for 22% of individual water use in North America? Just imagine how much water could be saved if all those showers had low-flow showerheads installed! The newer models are ten times better, too, because they help reduce water waste but don’t sacrifice water pressure. In fact, some of them are so good, you may not know if you have one. Here’s a simple test you can do before spending money that you don’t have to. Take a two-quart saucepan and place it on the floor of your shower right in the center of the shower stream. With the shower running at full force, count how many seconds it takes to fill the pan. If it’s less than twelve, you need a low-flow showerhead. These will cost anywhere from $8-$50, depending on style, features and manufacturer. Hand-held models will be more expensive.



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