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How to take Shorter Showers?


I mean to take shorter showers. I know how much water is getting wasted each minute as I stand there in the shower savoring the moments of bliss away from chores, screaming children etc. And fortunately I have a low flow showerhead that only consumes 1.75 gallons per minute. But still, if I’m lost in my thoughts in the shower for 10 minutes, that’s 17.5 gallons of precious H20 down the drain, literally. Can you imagine if I had a showerhead that was using 4 gallons per minute of water? That would be 40 gallons of water, probably twice what the average citizen around the world consumes in total in a day! Another reason to use low flow showerheads!

But back to the original dilemma, how do I take shorter showers because I really enjoy them and I kind of get lost in the moment. I recently found the answer: Shower Timers! There are shower timers in the market that will alert you when your time is up – that’s typically 5 minutes. Take for example Showertime Shower Timer, before you start your shower, press a button. When you’re at 4 minutes and 30 second, a red light starts flashing for the remaining 30 seconds- reminding you to ‘wrap up’. That’s a great way to keep showers short and sweet. Honestly, you’re not going to get any cleaner if you’re showering for 10 minutes versus 5 minutes. Savor the 5 minutes and come out of the shower guilt free!

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Enjoy your shower with a Low Flow Showerhead & Save Water

Did you know that the average American uses about 80-100 gallons of water a day! That’s an enormous number when compared to the average citizen in the developing world that uses a fraction of that.

Not all of that water is used wisely. By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save about $170 per year on your water and sewer bills. Many products are available such as showerheads, aerators, toilet water savers that don’t require a change in your lifestyle. By using water more efficiently, we can help preserve water supplies, save money, and protect the environment.

In this post, I’d like to focus specifically on low flow showerheads. The conventional showerheads that most homes have installed is 2.5 GPM. GPM stands for gallons per minute. Switching to a lower flow showerhead such as a 1.5 GPM or 2.0 GPM can translate to 7,300 gallons of water per year! Not only will you save a substantial amount of water, you will have money on water and energy bills.

Buying a low flow showerhead doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on a quality shower. On the contrary, many showerheads on the market today contains features that make for a very satifying shower. Take for instance, the Evolve ShowerStart Roadrunner Showerhead at 1.59 GPM, it is a very water efficient showerhead, yet it has a non-aerated rain style spray pattern to deliver better water coverage and showering comfort, along with reduced diameter spray nozzles to improve the shower feel. Morever, this showerhead has advanced technology, that automatically turns the water down to a trickle when the water temperature has reached a comfortable bathing temperature, thus allowing you to multi-task while saving water.

The Eco Luxury Rose Showerhead: this 1.5 GPM showerhead delivers a non-aerated spray, with less mist, less potential risk of Legionnaires Disease, and greater energy savings since the amount of heat dissipation is less than it would be with an aerated spray.

The Niagara 1.75 GPM Earth Showerhead is one of the most inexpensive, low flow showerheads around. The adjustable spray of this showerhead delivers a broad, rain-like spray or a focused, pulsating massaging spray. It is non aerating, meaning less loss of heat between the shower and you, allowing you to save on water heating bills.

Installing a low flow showerhead is easy and can save lots of water!