Get a jump on green living in the bathroom with a water-efficient, luxury low-flow shower head. Here are some tips on how to go about it.
Research Newest Green Living Showerhead Technology
Green technology is quickly advancing in pursuit of water-saving fixtures. Just 15 years ago, the most commonly available shower head fixtures used more than 7 gallons per minute (GPM). Then came the restrictor-type low-flow shower heads that used a mere 2.5 GPM, soon followed by 1.5-GPM shower heads.
Green bathroom technology now includes another luxury shower head that uses sensors to monitor water temperature, restrict flow and maximize water and energy savings. The evolve luxury shower head has premium features such as European style, solid brass fittings and anti-clog spray nozzles, and it can save up to 2,700 gallons of water per year.
Normally, a person turns on the hot water in the shower, but doesn’t get in right away. This green living technology allows the evolve shower head to monitor water temperature. When it reaches bathing temperature (95 degrees Fahrenheit), it slows the water to a trickle until the person enters the shower and flips a switch to resume normal water flow. No water is wasted going down the drain.
Evolve luxury shower heads range in price from $39.95 to $119.95.
Check Out Other Luxury Low-Flow Shower Heads
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), showering accounts for 17 percent of all indoor residential water use and for 1.2 trillion gallons of water annually. Low-flow shower heads typically use 1.5- to 2.5-GPM. It’s easy to go green with new shower heads, since it is now federally mandated that all shower heads sold in the U.S. must be low-flow.
Luxury brands are on the eco-friendly bandwagon as well, including Kohler, Jaclo, Moen, Delta, Hansgrohe and Waterpik. A 1.5-GPM Jet Stream shower head, costing about $110, saves 40 to 70 percent more water than a 2.5-GPM low-flow shower head (restrictor-type). The Jet Stream carries a 10-year limited warranty, is self-cleaning with no mineral deposit buildup, and is made of chrome-plated brass. An Earth Massager 1.5-GPM chrome shower head, costing about $14, features 9-jet turbo flow ranging from gentle needle spray to powerful massage—and still saves 40 percent more water than a standard 2.5-GPM version.
Remodeling – Keep Green Living Products on the Shopping List
The best time to think about green living technology is when remodeling is part of your to-do list. Match all plumbing fixtures with the same eco-friendly and water-miserly features, and buy as much luxury as possible.
Concentrating on green living products will also add to your home's resale value as newer technology and water- and energy-saving products are in high demand by consumers.
How to Install Luxury Low-Flow Shower Heads
Once you select a model, installation is as easy as unscrewing the old fixture and replacing it with the new showerhead. For more complicated remodels involving all-new bathroom redesign, you will need to shut off water to permit whatever the project entails.