1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

May 19, 2008

:140 Low Flow Showers

Filed under: :140 Low Flow Showers — Tags: , , — John Banta @ 12:29 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:140 EcoTip: Low flow shower heads no longer provide a weak dribble. They have been improved to the point where they provide much the same sensation as the old water and energy wasting types.

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 Additional Information

According to the US Department of Energy:

For maximum water efficiency, select a shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm. There are two basic types of low-flow showerheads: aerating and laminar-flow. Aerating showerheads mix air with water, forming a misty spray. Laminar-flow showerheads form individual streams of water. If you live in a humid climate, you might want to use a laminar-flow showerhead because it won’t create as much steam and moisture as an aerating one.

Before 1992, some showerheads had flow rates of 5.5 gpm. Therefore, if you have fixtures that pre-date 1992, you might want to replace them if you’re not sure of their flow rates. Here’s a quick test to determine whether you should replace a showerhead:

  1. Place a bucket—marked in gallon increments—under your shower head.
  2. Turn on the shower at the normal water pressure you use.
  3. Time how many seconds it takes to fill the bucket to the 1-gallon (3.8 liter) mark.

If it takes less than 20 seconds to reach the 1-gallon mark, you could benefit from a low-flow shower head.

Additional information is available at: http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13050

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