Low Flow Shower Heads

A day at the spa can usually cost anywhere from $60 to $600, so for somebody like me who can barely afford a pedicure once a year, hot showers have become my pseudo spa-time.Young woman singing under shower

And I’ll admit it, although I do my best to reduce my carbon footprint at every turn, I always find myself standing a little too long under the hot water.

It’s probably my number one eco-unfriendly weakness.

Not only have I been wasting water, but I’ve also been wasting money and energy to heat the water. A typical showerhead will consume around 25 gallons of water for every five-minute shower, and I’ve probably been using 75-100 gallons a pop.

Clearly the best solution to this problem is to take shorter showers

But if you are like me, 10-15 minutes under the hot water is just one of those little things in life that is hard to give up. To counteract my bad habit, I’m considering installing a low-flow showerhead at my new apartment. But will it really save water and energy? And will it save me money or just my landlord?

According to fypower.org, installing a low-flow showerhead and faucet will save an average household almost 8,000 gallons of water per year (assuming that your current water faucet uses 4-7 gallons of water per minute – or gpm). For a faucet, flow rate will be reduced from 4-7 gpm to 1-3; and low-flow showerheads can save around 12 gallons per shower. At 365 showers a year, that’s about 4,400 gallons annually, or about $45 in savings here in the Washington, D.C., area.

And that’s only if you live by yourself.

Unless, of course, your loved ones don’t shower. In that case, you may have bigger problems to deal with than wasted water.

So, it sounds to me like I (and all the other shower hogs of the world) can have our cake and eat it, too. This is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Consider all the energy that’s consumed getting clean, hot water to your shower or faucet. It’s filtered and processed by your water provider, pumped miles underground to your home, and then heated and keep warm in your hot water tank. Surprisingly energy intensive.

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About the author

Samantha Frapart

Samantha was the first staff writer at Green Blizzard, way back during the start-up phase, and has written a series of fresh and spirited articles from the millennial's perspective. Samantha's portfolio of green living tips ranges from green apartment living, urban transportation options, green underwear choices, re-usable coffee cups, bathroom habits, and even…. drinking straws.