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Low-flow shower heads: Keeping you clean for less

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Based on one 10-minute shower per day, a low-flow or water-saving shower head can save you up to 10,000 gallons of water a year and also reduce your energy cost of heating the water by as much as 50%. Thus, upgrading to a low-flow unit will not only save you money, but also most homeowners don’t even notice a difference between the water-saving varieties and the older models.

When shopping for a new shower head, select one with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). Before 1992, some showerheads had flow rates of 5.5 gpm. Click here for simple instructions on how to install a water-saving shower head or watch the video.

If you have a choice between taking a bath or a shower, opt for the shower. A full bath tub requires about 70 gallons of water. Taking a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons.

Finally, keep an eye on your watch. Shortening your shower time, even by a few minutes, can save hundreds of gallons of hot water per month. Showers account for 2/3 of your water-heating costs and 25% of water usage. Cutting your shower time in half will reduce your water heating costs by more than 30% and help reduce your monthly water bill.

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