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Learn More About Showerheads

Begin your water conservation efforts with a new water saving showerhead. Did you know that older model shower heads can pump out as much as 10 GPM (gallons per minute)? Water-saving models use an average of 2.2 GPM while maintaining the same, strong water pressure you're used to. The main type of low-flow showerheads are aerating. This mixes air into the water stream, maintaining steady pressure so the flow has an even, full shower spray.

Prior to 1992, some showerheads had flow rates of up to 10 GPM. Therefore, if you have showerheads that date back to 1992 or earlier, it is recommended that you replace them with water-saving showerheads. Not sure if your current showerheads are efficient? Here's a quick test to determine whether you should replace it.

  1. Set a 2 qt. saucepan on the floor of the shower and position it in the middle of the water stream.
  2. With the water on full, count how many seconds it takes to fill the pan.
  3. If it takes fewer than 12 seconds, you should switch to a low-flow shower head.

In a typical household, water use for showers accounts for 20-30% of your bill. If you have 1-2 showers with non-efficient showerheads and your water bill is around $400 annually, your showers cost you around $120 each year. Installing water-efficient showerheads can save you around $40 or more each year on your water bill and $120 on your electricity bill because you'll have to heat less water. Replace your old showerhead today and let the saving rain in.