We understand that additional time spent at home may lead to higher energy usage. This is a good time to assess how you can reduce your at home use. In this blog, we discuss how to save energy when you shower.
Water heating accounts for an estimated 17 to 32 percent of energy consumption in U.S. households and showers account for a large portion of this. A few years ago, showerheads delivered about three to five gallons of water a minute. Today's low flow showerheads use only two and a half gallons a minute, or less. And they’re engineered to deliver a cost-effective and satisfying shower experience.
For maximum water efficiency, buy a showerhead with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute). The two basic types of showerheads are available in handheld styles that are removable from the mount or fixed mounts.
Aerating: The water mixes with air, resulting in a mist-like spray
Laminar-flow: Water comes out in individual streams of water, lessening the amount of steam and moisture vs an aerating showerhead
An advanced option called a flow restrictor allows you to control the amount of flow you need based on your water pressure preferences. Other options include dual combo types featuring both a handheld and fixed mount showerhead, and adjustable height styles that let you position the shower spray where you wish.
Ready to make the switch? Deciding what type of showerhead to purchase will take more time than installing a new one!
Congratulations – way to save!
Installing a low flow shower head is one of the simplest ways to save electricity or gas (depending on your type of water heater), while helping the environment. Deciding what type of low flow showerhead to buy is a matter of budget, personal taste, and desired options.