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Choosing the Best Low Flow Showerhead for Your Needs

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Putting in a low flow shower head doesn’t mean you have to put up with a thin water stream, low pressure or reduced water temperature due to excessive aeration. Today’s low flow shower heads are engineered to provide you a satisfying shower experience while still:

  • Saving thousands of gallons of water per year (along with savings on your water bill).
  • Conserving the energy used to heat the water which means more savings for you and for the environment.
  • Allowing you to live responsibly without sacrificing your lifestyle.

Low flow shower heads are easy to install and very cost-effective, starting at around $10. When choosing the best low flow shower head for your needs, you’ll want to consider price, appearance and comfort features. Here are some things to consider:

  • Aerating vs. Non Aerating Shower head. Non-aerating means air is not mixed into the water stream, as it passes through the shower head; as a result, less temperature is lost between the shower head and you. The 1.5 gpm Niagara Low Flow Showerhead (N2917CH) does not aerate the water, so you won’t have to crank up the hot water for a comfortable shower temperature. Moreover, it installs without tools and is adjustable to deliver soft relaxing sprays to deep, therapeutic 9-jet massages. Aerating shower heads by contrast mix air into the water stream. So you can get a fuller shower with a steady pressure however it won’t be as warm since some of the heat is lost in the process of aerating the water.
  • Appearance. Shower heads have a come a long way.. you don’t have to stick to the standard white or chrome finish. There are a few brushed nickel low flow shower heads as well.
  • Technology. Shower heads have evolved to pack in state of the art technology for conserving water. For instance, the 1.5 gpm Evolve RoadRunner Low Flow Showerhead combines a low-flow head with Evolve’s patented ShowerStart, trickle-trigger technology for the ultimate in shower conservation. This unique showerhead senses when the cold water running through it changes to hot, and reduces flow to a trickle. It saves the hot water you would have left running while waiting for the water to warm up until you’re actually ready to use it. The Roadrunner also features Pressure Compensating Technology for use in low water pressure homes, and a 36-nozzle non-aerating spray for full-coverage comfort and warmth.

Installing a low flow shower head is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to help the environment and start saving money immediately. Deciding on the best low flow showerhead will depend upon your budget, aesthetics and any advanced technology options you require. The good news is, there are plenty of options.

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How is the WaterSense Label on Showerheads Useful?

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WaterSense Labeled Showerheads
WaterSense Labeled Showerheads

WaterSense, a program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, uses its labels and certifications to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. The goal of the program is to help consumers make smarter choices with the water they use that save money and maintain high environmental standards. WaterSense labeled products and/or services are certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance. These products have the potential to help our country save billions of gallons of water annually.

When it comes to showerheads, water efficiency usually has to do with features such as low-flow and restricted-flow. Showering accounts for approximately 17% of residential indoor water use, proving to be one of the leading ways we use water in the home. For the average family, that becomes nearly 40 gallons per day of water usage which is close to 1.2 trillion gallons of water used annually in the United States just for showering.

Standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm). WaterSense labeled showerheads use no more than 2.0 gpm and ensures that these products still provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional showerheads on the market. The savings that come with simply switching to WaterSense labeled showerheads are absolutely worthwhile. An average family could save 2,900 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. Because these savings simultaneously reduce demands on water heaters, they also save energy. An average family could save more than 370 kilowatt hours of electricity annually by using WaterSense products. To further put this into scale, if every home in the United States installed WaterSense labeled showerheads, we could save more than $2.2 billion in water utility bills and more than 260 billion gallons of water annually. Furthermore, we could avoid about $2.6 billion in energy costs for heating water.

Whether you are replacing an older, inefficient showerhead or looking for ways to reduce water use and utility bills in your home, look for WaterSense labeled showerheads along with faucets, faucet accessories, and toilets to help you identify models that save water and perform well.

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What About WaterSense?

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Save Water and Money with WaterSense

If you are interested in conservation products, whether energy or water, I am sure you are curious if we are going to label all of our WaterSense products like we did Energy Star. The answer to your curiosity is YES! We now have all of our WaterSense low flow showerheads and aerators labeled on our site.   Similar to the search for the search for Energy Star products, you can now easily find WaterSense labeled products on our site.

The meaning behind a WaterSense labeled product:

WaterSense is an EPA partnership program. A product that is marked WaterSense makes it easy for consumers to identify a product that will help them conserve water in a more efficient way. WaterSense labels can be found on a variety of different products such as: bathroom sink faucets accessories, new homes, showerheads, toilets, urinals, and weather based irrigation controls. It even recognizes some professional services that want to integrate the importance of water conservation.

Can anyone just stick the label on its products?

The answer is NO. In order for a company to use the WaterSense label they must sign a partnership agreement with WaterSense. The partnership agreement represents the bond between the EPA guidelines and regulations of what makes a product qualify in order to be labeled WaterSense, along with how and where the label can be placed on products/ packaging/ etc.

Benefits of WaterSense:

  • Perform the same or better than other similar products
  • Are 20% more efficient than the average products in same category
  • Are a part of water savings on a national level  (be a part of something BIG)
  • Measures the amount of water your conserving  (watch the $ you’re saving)
  • Have multiple technological options to obtain water efficiency

Next time when you look at your expensive water bill remember you can save using WaterSense labeled products— just visit our website and click on low flow showerheads or aerators where you can easily identify WaterSense and watch your water bill decline!

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Simple Ways to Save Water in the Shower

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Ways to Save Water
Ways to Save Water

Sometimes a bubble bath just can’t compare to a steady stream of water, but getting caught up in a shower could be wasteful in more ways than you realize. Thankfully, there are many ways to save water in the shower that are simple, cheap, and beneficial environmentally as well as monetarily.

Install low flow showerheads

Get the best out of your shower (instead of it getting money out of you) by installing low flow showerheads. Earth showerheads:

  • release 1.5 gallons of water per minute, compared to 2.5 GPM released by modern showerheads
  • save as much as much as 30% in water usage
  • come with the same (or even better) options for comfort, like massage settings and consistent water pressure

Have an older shower arm that doesn’t accept earth showerheads? Installing a showerhead adapter solves that problem.

Check for leaks

H2O conservation can be as simple as making sure your shower is free of leaks. On average, leaks can waste as much as 10,000 gallons of water per year! There can be many sources of a leak, but if the culprit is your showerhead then prevention is better than a cure. Wrapping teflon tape around the shower arm will help keep it secure and go a long way towards preventing the showerhead from leaking.

Limit shower time

One of the easiest ways to save water is to limit how much of it you use. Showering accounts for 17% of water usage in the average home, and that could be around 40 gallons of water each day! Installing a shower timer is a quick and easy way to start saving right away. The main types of shower timers out there are:

  • Sand Timers – These have an hour glass shape. All you have to do is watch the sand fall. This lets you know when your 5 minutes in the shower are up. Each time you rotate the timer, just add another 5 minutes to get the total amount of time spent in the shower.
  • Digital Timers – A digital shower timer takes it a step further and not only alerts you when 5 minutes are up, but it will also display how much water has been used during the shower.

Both timers can be installed by simply attaching the suction cup to the shower wall. Now we all cannot survive on 5-minute showers, but even just cutting your usual showering time in half will bring significant results on your energy and water bills.

Shower “The Navy Way”

Navy men and women only run water when it’s absolutely needed. The water is off while lathering, shampooing/conditioning, shaving. This is the most basic to conserve water that doesn’t include any added installation.

While the options listed are not the only choices, they are by far some of the most simple, energy efficient and cost-effective ways to save water.

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The Benefits of Using an Earth Showerhead

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Earth Showerhead
Earth Showerhead

This time of the year brings the water enthusiast out in all of us. Sticky summer days call for long, refreshing showers without homeowners being aware of how much water and money is being wasted by their showerhead alone. Beat the summer heat and water waste by installing an earth showerhead; this is one of the most cost-saving and earth-friendly changes to make in your home

Water Waste vs. Savings

Pay attention to the gallons of water your showerhead dispenses per minute; this little number can translate to increased costs in utilities.

2.5 GMP vs. 1.5 GPM

Modern showerheads release 2.5 gallons of water per minute, or GPM. By comparison, an energy efficient showerheads use only 1.5 gallons, saving you an entire gallon of water per minute.

Use less energy, save more money

Simply put, with earth showerheads you use less water and less heat. So by making the switch to an energy efficient showerhead, you can gain up to 30% in water savings while decreasing the cost of utilities.

The Technology

Against a modern showerhead, its earth equivalent boosts technology that is just at impressive. Features include:

Flow Control Technology

Regardless of the low force in your water system, Flow Control Technology gives you a consistent flow of even water pressure.

Super Massages

There’s no need to sacrifice comfort for energy efficiency. The adjustable 9-jet turbo massages in an earth showerhead give you soft soothing sprays to an intense, therapeutic massage.

Non-aerating consistency

It sucks the air out of your water stream, not literally, but you get air-free water as you shower. This means your showerhead delivers hotter water sooner and longer than modern models.

 

Whether hosing down after a sticky summer day or relaxing during the cold winter months, making the change to more energy and water efficient, cost-effective showerhead will bring you comfort in your home and your wallet.

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Low Flow Devices to Save Water at Home

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Low Flow Devices
Low Flow Devices

Together, faucets and showers account for approximately 33 percent of residential water use in the average home. Showers represent about 17 percent of water use, and faucets make up about 16 percent. Limiting the amount of water used through showers and faucets greatly affects the home’s water footprint and water costs. Installing low flow devices is a simple way to solve this problem.

Modern showerheads are constructed to deliver no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute (GPM), while showerheads in older homes sometimes use as much as 5 GPM. Replacing your current showerhead (old or new) with a low flow model is a great way to reduce water consumption without sacrificing comfort. The technology in these low flow devices is such that there is no air mixing with the water, which allows the water-efficient showerhead to deliver a satisfying spray. In addition, these water savers often come with multiple spray options. Furthermore, energy savings and a reduction in water heating costs can be expected, as with less water used for showering also equals less hot water used in the home.

Surprising, the average faucet installed in a modern home uses between 2.2 to 2.5 gallons of water per minute. This is very close to the amount of water used by modern showerheads! Low flow faucet aerators use 0.5 to 1.5 gallons of water per minute. These low flow devices significantly reduce the amount of water that goes down the drain at the sink as well as the amount of hot water used here. While consumption at the sink may not seem like much, consider that if each home in the US installed water saving faucet aerators, the nation could save over 60 billion gallons of water every year.

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Save Water in the Shower and Save Money Year Round

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Whether it’s hot and sunny or cold and windy, the one thing that stays consistent throughout the year for many people is taking a shower with warm or hot water. While taking a shower can be a great way to end the day, the amount of water used during the shower could possibly add to any worries you already have. Using hot water increases not only the water bills, but energy bills as well. Save water in the shower to save money on bills no matter what the season.

The simplest way to save shower water is to just take shorter showers. I found that when I timed my showers, I was more aware of the amount of water being used, also making me more aware of how much I actually needed to use.

Another great way to save water in the shower is to replace your current showerheads with water efficient ones. Water efficient showerheads are produced in a way that allows for less water to be used without sacrificing any level of comfort. Water efficient showerheads are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes for many shower styles. Choosing to save water in the shower this way can reduce shower water use by about 30%, also decreasing this portion of water and water heating costs.

According to Newton’s Law of Motion, “to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.” The same rule can be applied to making changes such as these at home. When you reduce the amount of hot water consumed at home, you will also reduce the amount of money spent on both water and water heating, and these are savings you can count on all year long.

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How Shower GPM Impacts Your Home

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Do you know how old your home and its plumbing fixtures are? The standard shower head in a home built before 1992 uses approximately five shower gallons per minute. For a family of four taking 10-minute showers each day, the amount of gallons of shower water being used in this home every year easily passes 70,000. While modern homes are not as wasteful, their shower heads cannot be described as water saving. Reducing shower gpm to an amount at, or under, 2 gallons per minute at home significantly reduces water use, energy use, and the utility bill.

Let’s see how much water is being used with different shower gpm fixtures:

 

Shower Gallons Per Minute

Unless the water is completely cold, the amount of water used in a shower also affects the amount of residential energy used. Heating water is the 3rd largest energy expense in a home. Reducing the shower gallons per minute reduces the amount of money spent on water heating. The amount saved depends on your current fixture, as well as the water heating system.

This chart will help you see possible savings once you’ve switched to a low flow model:

Shower GPM

If you are still hesitant to install a lower shower gpm fixture in the bathroom , rest assured that the technology used in the shower heads is such that allows the fixture to require less water without sacrificing comfort. As we get closer to Earth Day 2011, take some time to consider how shower gallons per minute impact your home.

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Water Saving Kit: Instant Way to Save Water and Dollars

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When we turn on the news often we are greeted with images of the immense damage that has been done to our planet. Among the many crises we now face, lack of water conservation is one that has been garnering more and more attention. Here in the United States the amount of water used in the bathroom is more than the amount of water a person in an underdeveloped country has at their disposal for an entire day. Installing the components of a water saving kit in your home will allow you to save water and money at the same time.

Water Saver Kit
Water Saving Kit

A water saving kit includes items to help you start saving water in the kitchen and bathroom. The eco showerhead uses 1.75gpm (gallons per minute), is a great improvement to the standard 2.5gpm showerhead most homes have. The shower timer included can be secured to the bathroom wall, allowing you to watch, and limit, the amount of time spent in the shower. These changes in the shower alone can save a family of four as much as 11,000 gallons of water per year.

Ideal for saving water in homes with older toilets is the toilet tank bank.  Fill this displacement bag with water, shut the valve to avoid eventual evaporation, and hang the bag inside the tank of the toilet with the hook that comes on the bag to reduce the water in your tank by approximately 0.8 gallons. The water saving kit also comes with a dual flush converter, which is compatible with most toilets that have at least a 1.6 gallon tank. The dual flush converter provides you with liquid/solid options, and flushes accordingly.

The average kitchen or bathroom faucet aerator uses 2.2 gallons of water per minute. This is almost the amount of water used by the average showerhead. By replacing the faucet aerator with the 1.0gpm aerators you can save approximately 54% more water. This 54% decrease in water usage at the faucet will of course save you money on the water bill. Water saving kits are a great investment, as the items will pay for themselves within a matter of months, but continue to save you water (and money) throughout the entire year.

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Showerhead Reviews – Find the Best Showerhead

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Often people go into a store or online and purchase a showerhead only to realize it is not exactly the best fit for them. Here we have compiled for you a list of customer reviews to assist you in your search for the best showerhead for your home. These customers have given detailed explanations as to how one of the following was the best showerhead for them, and hopefully this will help you decide which is the best showerhead for you.