Low Flow Shower Heads

Jan 01, 2011
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Green plumbing products are great because they help you keep your "greens" (i.e. your money!) in your pocket. Green plumbing products are products which are energy efficient and non-harmful to the environment and include reliable plumber , energy saving toilets and faucet aerators. Most green plumbing products are also green in that they help conserve water or are energy efficient. Within a few months of using green plumbing products, such as a low flow shower head, you will start to see the savings on your utility bills resulting from a decreased use of water. Start saving now and have a reliable plumberinstall a low flow shower head in your bathroom.

Low Flow Shower Heads Conserve Water

Low flow shower heads are one of the best ways to conserve water in your home. Low flow shower heads deliver less gallons per minute (gpm) of water than conventional shower heads. The flow is also affected by water pressure which is measured in pounds per square inch (psi). The greater the pressure pushing water through pipes and shower heads, the greater the volume of water forced out. How much water you use will depend on the water pressure level in your home, and the type of shower head that you have.

Low Flow Shower Heads: How They Work:

In the past, the standard flow for conventional shower heads was about 5 to 8 gallons per minute (gpm) at 80 psi. The current standard for low flow heads is 2.5 gpm at 80 psi. This is clearly a huge water saving difference! There are some new shower heads which deliver only 1.6 gpm. One of these new shower heads is the lamp sunflower shower head by Danze which uses only 1.5 gpm. This shower head is great because it comes with additional features such as 30 plus jet levels. This shower head, like other top quality shower heads on the market are available in several styles and finishes.

Consider a Handheld Shower Head

A hand held shower head can work to save even more water by directing the flow of water to exactly where you want it. Hand held shower heads also offer a slight energy savings over stationary heads because the water travels a shorter distance between the shower head and your body, thus cooling less in the air, resulting in less of a need to adjust the water temperature to make it warmer.

Other Water Saving Features for Shower Heads:

  • Shutoff at the Head – A head shutoff feature helps to save water by slowing down the water flow to a trickle while you soap up.
  • Flow control inserts – These are inserts that you can place into the shower head which are essentially small washers with a small hole for the purpose of reducing water flow.
  • Control Valves – Control valves reduce flow and provide on/off control above the head and fit between the shower pipe and shower arm.

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