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Switch Your Showerhead To Save Water and Money?

Switch Your Showerhead To Save Water and Money?

Is a low-flow showerhead a good investment for you?

One way to find out is to test how many seconds it take to fill a gallon of water held under your shower. The answer to this will determine if you will save water and water heating expenses with a change in showerhead.

All you need to perform this easy test is a bucket that can hold a gallon of water and a watch with a second hand!

1. Turn on the shower.
2. Hold a bucket under the water. Before doing this, mark off a gallon so you know when the bucket fills that far.
3. Using a watch with a second hand, time how long it takes the bucket to fill one gallon. Time how long it takes to fill the gallon bucket (or to the 1-gallon mark, 3.8 liters in a larger bucket).

If it takes under 20 seconds to fill one gallon, you will save a lot of water and water heating expense if you buy a low-flow showerhead.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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1:28PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Already done

2:18PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Great, thank you!

1:20AM PDT on Aug 18, 2010

it definitely is money well spent

3:57PM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

Great article...

8:08PM PDT on Jul 9, 2010

great tip, ty

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6:56PM PDT on Jul 6, 2010

great tip

12:26AM PDT on May 28, 2010

thanks for post

5:22PM PDT on May 31, 2008

The Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve will be a big home water conservation addition to your low flow showerhead! It will get hot water to your shower faster and save water! I installed this thermostatically adjustable recirculation valve under the sink farthest form my water heater and now I have instant hot water throughout my entire condo. It uses no electricity and is pump free, so it creates no noise. It's only $179.95, has a 10-year warranty, and is very easy to install. It only took me 10 minutes. I have had it for 3 years now and am very impressed. I highly recommend this system.

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