Can Energy Efficient Shower Heads Make Hot Water Last?

Energy efficient, or “low flow” shower heads – use less water while you shower, so they make hot water last longer. This saves energy and money.

Reduce the flow of water through your shower and you reduce the use of hot water. You could take a “Navy Shower:”

  • Turn the water on and wet down
  • Turn the water off and soap up
  • Turn the water on and rinse
  • Turn the water off

… And save a lot of hot water – but most people would rather take a full shower, so low flow water saving is the best route. Or, of course, without seeming flip, you can always save water by showering with a friend. Good for relationships, good for the earth, and makes lots of sense – it’s good clean fun. To paraphrase an old adage about marriage, two can shower as cheaply as one – almost.

There are many different types of low flow shower heads: ones designed for normal water pressure, ones designed for homes with lower water pressure, ones with various “massage” features, and just plain and simple… ones that use less water. There are even models that inject air into the water stream claiming to improve your skin so you feel more refreshed. Look for the water saving shower that best suits your needs and your budget.

The important thing is always think about ways to consume less water – which will consume less hot water and less energy – and energy efficient “low flow” showering certainly makes your hot water last longer.

By switching to an energy and water saving showers, you’ll reduce your utility bills, reduce resources used to create the hot water, and save them for future generations. Even if you create the power yourself with your own wind and solar generators – or solar water heaters, if you use less, you will have more for other things – and for future generations.

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