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Shower

Fact: Showers consume up to 37% of the hot water used in a typical home. You can:

  • Save up to 17,000 gallons of water per year.

  • Reduce wastewater emitted to our streams, rivers, and marine waters.

  • Protect drinking water sources.

  • Improve septic system performance.

Best Features: There are many showerheads that are available that comply with the new 2.5-gallon flow rate required by the Federal efficiency standard. Various brands offer different levels of improved shower quality, flow rates, and performance characteristics. When replacing your showerhead, keep these suggestions in mind to help you save money on your water bill:

  • Select a brand with features that will minimize your shower time, and avoid purchasing products that prolong it, like shower radios.

  • If you have well water or public water from an older municipal system, select a brand specifically designed to maximize satisfaction with low-pressure water output.

  • Choose a showerhead that delivers water in a multitude of individual jets rather than delivering a fine mist or spray.

Save Money: Studies show that self-installation of showerheads occurs only 40-50% of the time despite the best of intentions. Ensure maximum and immediate water and energy savings by hiring a professional to install your showerhead as soon as it is purchased. You can address other plumbing problems at the same time and save more money and water. Maximize these savings by applying these tips:

  • Take a quick shower rather than a bath and save an average of 20 gallons of water.

  • Do not drain the hot water heater completely with each shower or you will waste the energy savings that you have gained by the new, efficient showerhead.

  • Replace showerheads that fill a one-gallon bucket of water in 20 seconds or less.

  • Choose an efficient model that has a flow rate lower than the 2.5-gallon maximum allowed by the standard.

  • Install aerators on your kitchen and bathroom faucets.

  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.

  • Repair leaky faucets and showerheads.

Find It: A typical family of four uses between 200 and 350 gallons of water a day.

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