With much of the country reeling under serious drought conditions, it's refreshing to know that there's a way to save water and money effortlessly, and still have ample water pressure. Get a handy low-flow showerhead.
One of the top users of water around the home is the shower, where Americans stand under more than 1.2 trillion gallons of H2O each year, reports the EPA. A typical shower uses up to 25 gallons of the wet stuff, while each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day total.
Low-flow showerheads slash bathing water consumption 50 to 70%. Youll also use less energy heating up the water, unless you have a tankless heat system, in which case its a moot point. Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses as much energy as it takes to keep a 60-watt lightbulb lit for 14 hours, according to the EPA.
Low-flow showerheads are simple to install and start around $8. Many styles and features are available, including flow-adjusting dials and a pause button, which allows you to break for a bit of lathering up, then return to the same temperature and pressure. The EPA is currently developing efficiency standards for the devices through its WaterSense program.
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