Tip #1 - Low Flow Shower Heads
Greetings & Salutations Energy Hero's!
In our quest to help everybody achieve grid independence, we have put together a list of 10 tips that you can easily implement around your own home to help you achieve Net Zero!
Up first, Low Flow Shower Heads!
How Can They Help?
Low-flow shower heads can reduce water consumption by up to 40%! Showers especially, require high amounts of energy to heat the water, so reducing water consumption also reduces energy consumption, reducing heating costs by up to $50 per year or more! Not to mention, this also reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Combine these with overall less use of water, and you are looking at some serious end-of-the-year savings.
What is a ‘Low Flow Shower Head’?
A Low Flow Shower Head is generally referred to as a Shower Head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute). You can choose between an aerating or a laminar-flow shower head.
Aerating means combining water with air to create a mist-like spray.
Laminar-flow shower heads usually have multiple streams of water. The best low-flow shower heads also frequently include a flow restrictor which causes more or less water to flow through the lines, allowing you to control how much flow you require based on your water pressure preferences.
Where Can I Get One?
Most Home Department stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot will carry this part for between $15 - $40.
How Hard Are They To Install?
Start by unscrewing the old shower head by hand.
Next, clean the pipe thread with a toothbrush or damp rag before wrapping it in pipe thread tape, also available at your local home department store.
Hand-tighten the new shower head into place. When you can't turn it any further, wrap a rag around it and use pliers to turn it another quarter turn.
Finally, turn on the shower and look for leaks.
Here are a couple of YouTube videos to get you started.
Until next time, Energy Heros!
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