Going green by conserving resources and energy has become a widely embraced life style change for many people. Most notably, many folks practicing green living are implementing both money-saving and energy-saving tactics at home. Buying highly efficient washing machines, using cloth grocery bags, and watering gardens with collected rain water are only a few of the many changes people are making to conserve and protect the environment. Bathrooms are especially adapted for newly designed toilets and shower plumbing fixtures for saving water. Certain approved resource-conserving fixtures even come with tax credits. Here is how to make your shower heads save you money and the shower plumbing work more efficiently to conserve water and preserve the environment.
Conserve Water using Eco-friendly Shower Heads
Take shorter showers. That seems obvious and is the first step to conserving water. Cut the time by just a few minutes and see the water bill drop significantly.
Install a low-flow shower head to reduce the amount of water used. You may think you will end up showering in a mere dribble of water, but this is not so. Low-flow shower plumbing is designed to supply similar pressure as those unrestricted shower heads while reducing water usage for conservation and monetary savings.
How do Low-Flow Shower Heads Save Water?
Low-flow shower heads work in two ways to reduce waste and supply adequate pressure through aeration during bathing.
Shower plumbing fixtures that provide water and energy savings work by utilizing what is known as the Venturi Effect. This reduces the amount and size of the output of water. Hole size in the shower head is constricted and pressure is increased significantly producing a strong flow with the use of less water. In a nutshell, eco-friendly shower heads utilize fewer resources and provide a more efficient stream of water flow.
Aeration is the other method used to reduce water consumption and maintain pressure. Air is mixed with water to increase the volume. This method is also used often in bathroom and kitchen faucets to reduce water volume and maintain correct pressure.
How Much Water Will I Consere Using Eco-friendly Shower Plumbing?
The number of gallons used per minute determines water conservation from shower plumbing. Standard shower heads use approximately 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Low-flow shower plumbing utilizes one -1.5 gallons of water per minute, greatly reducing the amount of water used. So, if you can do the math, you’ll soon see dollar signs in your head.
Quick Guide to Installing a Low-Flower Shower Head
Installing eco-friendly shower plumbing is easy and takes only minutes.
Step 1: Remove the old shower head with a wrench.
Step 2: Clean the threads around the end of the pipe thoroughly and apply silicon tape by wrapping it several times around the end of the pipe over the threads. This creates a seal to keep the new shower head from leaking.
Step 3: Remove your new water-saving shower head from the package and read the directions to be sure all the necessary parts are in place on the shower head. Follow the directions to put it together if necessary. Most of these come assembled.
Step 4: Screw the new shower head onto the end of the pipe over the silicon seal.
Step 5: Test for leaks and any adjustments necessary by turning on the water. Apply another layer of silicon tape over the attached shower head where it joins the pipe to ensure a tight, leak-free operation.
Combined with other eco-friendly techniques for saving water, a water-saving shower head can cut your water bill significantly over the period of a year.
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