Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Pros and Cons of Low-Flow Shower Heads

In a previous blog post, we discussed some energy-efficient tips for bathroom, some of which included the use of CFL light bulbs, fixing leaks, and taking shorter showers. If you've spent any time shopping for energy-efficient bathroom fixtures, though, you may come across special shower heads labeled as "low flow." The allure of saving money on your monthly water bill might draw some people towards these fixtures, but you have to ask yourself: is it really worth it? For a closer look at the pros and cons of low-flow shower heads, keep reading.

Did you know that 30% of the average American family's water usage comes from showering? This is a pretty shocking statistic that should serve as a real eye-opener to anyone who's looking to create a more energy-efficient home. Let's say you spend $1,000 per year on your home's water usage. Under this formula, you would end up spending $300 just to shower.

Note: the current standard water usage rate for low-flow shower heads is 2.5 gallons per minute. If a shower head consumes more than this amount, the manufacturer cannot legally label it as "low flow."

Low-Flow Shower Head Pros

  • Easy to install (read our guide here for step-by-step replacement instructions).
  • Saves you money on your monthly water bill.
  • Will also save you money on your electric or gas bill (depending on how your water heater is powered).
  • Inexpensive (entry-level models starting at just $20 bucks).
  • Gives you the peace of mind knowing that you are taking steps to create a more energy-efficient home.

Low-Flow Shower Head Cons

  • Some models may not offer the same high-pressure water stream associated with traditional shower heads.
  • There's oftentimes a time lag from when you adjust the temperature and the water changes.
  • Because low-flow shower heads combine water with air, the droplets cool faster than traditional shower heads.

The Bottom Line

Low-flow shower heads offer a quick and easy way for homeowners and families to reduce their overall water consumption. It only takes a couple minutes to twist off your current shower head and replace it with an energy-efficient model. Depending on the particular type of low-flow shower head you choose, along with your family's water consumption, you can save hundreds of dollars per year simply by making the switch.

Are you a fan of low-flow shower heads? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below!


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