We all like a good shower. It's true! But how efficient are our showerheads? That brings up one of the big challenge we consistently discuss here at WeeGreen: water conservation. And the big answer? Low-flow showerheads.
There's a common misconception that low-flow means the same thing as low-pressure. Some think that, with low-flow showerheads, you are sacrificing your shower quality and will be left with soap and flat hair. But that's all a misconception.
Modern low-flow showerheads now strategically use air or designs with small openings to force water out at higher pressures. This means your showers are saved from the fear that a low-flow showerhead is going to affect your showering experience. Without sacrificing your quality, low-flow showerheads are able to reduce the amount of water being used in the shower. This will conserve water and reduce your water bill. How great is that?
How can you find out whether your current showerhead has an optimal flow for water conservation? The United States Department of Energy has a quick test for finding out whether your showerhead is low-flow:
- Put a gallon-sized bucket or larger beneath your showerhead
- Turn the shower on to the normal setting you use it at
- Use a timer to figure out how many seconds it takes for the water to reach the 1-gallon mark. If it takes less than 20 seconds to reach that mark, you should look into investing in a new showerhead.
The Department of Energy recommends that you use a showerhead with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). To put this in perspective with your current water fixtures, many showerheads made before 1992 have rates of 5.5 gpm. That means you could cut your water usage in the shower by more than a half just by switching to a low-flow showerhead. That's valuable water you could be saving!
When it comes down to it, low-flow showerheads are an incredibly valuable investment. Not convinced? Think of it this way. For the price of one showerhead, you will be taking money off of your monthly utility bill for the rest of its use. You are not just saving money on your water bill; conserving water with a low-flow showerhead reduces the demand on your water heater, which reduces the demand on your electricity, cutting down your energy bill. You will be experiencing household savings across your utilities, putting a little extra money in your pocket. And the best part? You using a sustainable, green product to help the environment at the same time. All for the price of one, low-flow showerhead.
Considering that water is our most precious and most wasted resource, how could this not be a win-win?