Low Flow Showerheads and Aerators will Save as much as 50% of the water you use.
Low Flow Showerheads
The average daily 10-minute shower can use between 25 and 50 gallons of water. This is because the typical household high-flow showerheads use between 6 to 10 gallons per minute. We now have Low Flow Showerheads that only have a flow of 1.75 gpm which use 30 percent less water. The shower heads for low flow range in cost from about $50 to $175 dollars each. If that is out of range you can also retrofit your old shower head with a water restricting aerator for around $10 dollars.
Every day, three billion gallons of water flow through showerheads in the United States—half of it is unnecessarily. This excess takes hits on your financial budget as well as wastes our natural resources. As Early low flow showerheads were created, they simply blocked some of the water flow. This solution was okay for saving water but took the joy out of showering beneath a robust blast of water. Newer heads have met the challenge to both conservation and delivering a satisfying shower. In engineering the movement of water, sending it through special orifices that control droplet size, focus the stream, and—in some cases increase the blast by mixing in air, creating turbulence or pulsing and an enjoyable shower.
One hold back is that because low flow showerheads deliver less water, they're more likely to scald you if a toilet is flushed, suddenly dropping the pressure of cold water in the system. Scalding shouldn't occur in bathrooms served by ample piping (3/4-inch supplies) or where thermostatic mixing valves, anti-scald valves, or pressure-balancing valves have been installed.
If your shower water currently rises in temperature when someone flushes the toilet, you can have a plumber install an anti-scald valve. Or you can try lowering the water-heater temperature to about 120 degrees.
Faucet aerators force air into the water stream to maintain pressure. Flow control aerators, in addition to maintaining rinsing efficiency, restrict flow from the standard 2.2 gpm to 1.5 gpm, effectively using 32% less water. They are simple add-ons that can make any faucet water efficient without the cost of a new faucet. Aerators are available for about $8 to $12 dollars and simple to install.
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