Why Using a Low Flow Shower Head Will Save You Money

by Michal on June 22, 2009

Low Flow Shower Head

Installing a new shower head is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to “go green”. The great thing is that the benefits go beyond saving our environment, you will also be helping your wallet by lowering your monthly water and energy bills. Even though this is a simple way to reduce your consumption and expenses, it is recommended to do a bit of research before purchasing a low flow shower head.

Shower Head Flow Rate
Since 1992 federal regulations mandate that shower heads sold in the U.S. have been required to flow at no more than 2.5 gallons per minute when the water is at 80 pounds per square inch of pressure. In other words, for maximum efficency you should choose a shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 and you will save money and energy. A shower head with a flow rate between 1.75 GPM – 1.50 GPM will save you approximately 30% to 40% in water and energy.

Shower Head Spray Strength
As we know, all shower heads are not alike. The spray strength of your shower head can make a big different in the comfort of the shower. The best quality shower heads will combine pressure and regular flow. Ideally you want a shower head that has a flow rate of 1.5 GPM with a pressure range of of 40-80 PSI.

There are two types of low flow shower heads: aerating and laminar-flow. Aerating shower heads mix air with water to form a misty spray which allows the water flow to be even and full. Laminar-flow show heads form individual streams of water which maintains the temperature and delivers a strong spray.

3 Popular Items On The Market Today
The Roadrunner shower head is equipped with ShowerStartâ„¢ technology that will help you water while you are showering. This shower head will save you about 8 gallons of water for every 5 minute shower. That is 8218 gallons a year and $246 yearly utility savings.

41pwfhf4mzl_sl500_aa280_1The Delta 75152 Water Amplifying Adjustable Shower head with H2OKINETIC Technology operates at 1.85 gallons per minute but feels like one that operates at 2.5 gallons per minute.You won’t be sacrificing comfort, but you will be cutting down your water consumption. On average this shower head uses 26% less water than a typical 2.5 GPM shower head.

41y-doyz5xl_sl500_aa280_The American Standard 1660.717.002 FloWise 3 Function Water Saving Showerhead offers maximum comfort flow. It has three different spray settings. adjustable angle and a auto return feature. According to the manufacture, this shower head will produce a 40% water savings for you.

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