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If you care about water conservation as much as we do here at Optimum, you’re likely looking for ways to conserve water in your own home. Best of all, there’s no better time to think about ways to conserve water than now. It’s estimated that the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day, and this water consumption only doubles in the summer. Now that summer is here, we thought we’d take some time to explain the benefits of one of the best ways to conserve water: a low-flow shower head.
You’d probably be surprised to learn that showers are responsible for up to 30% of typical household water use. This statistic, in fact, was one of the reasons that the Environmental Protection Agency initiated its WaterSense campaign that sought to promote the use of products such as low-flow shower heads. But how much water can you save by installing a low-flow shower head in your own home? Well, the average American household can save roughly 2,900 gallons of water per year simply by installing a single low-flow shower head. But that’s just one benefit of a low-flow shower head!
Benefits of Using a Low-Flow Shower Head
For those of us concerned about doing more for the planet and saving water, the amount of water that a low-flow shower head saves alone is reason enough to install one; however, there are even more reasons to consider installing one in your home. Here are just a few of the benefits that a low-flow shower head can have for you:
- Decrease overall water consumption in your home by up to 40%
- Significantly reduce your water bill each month
- Lower annual heating costs and save energy
- Using less energy means reduced CO2 emissions
Installing a new low-flow shower head in your home guarantees the above benefits and, through these benefits, the shower head will basically pay for itself in the first year alone. Need even more convincing? Let’s say that you take 25 seven-minute showers every month for a total of 175 minutes. Without a low-flow showerhead, the result is nearly 440 gallons of water in a single month. With a low-flow shower head, however, that same amount of showering uses only 262 gallons of water. That’s a serious way to conserve water!
But Does Low Flow Mean Low Pressure?
One of the biggest reasons that people tend to avoid low-flow shower heads despite the enormous amount of water and energy that they can save is due to a common misconception. When low-flow shower heads were first invented, early models were far less effective and reduced shower pressure to little more than a trickle. Today, however, modern low-flow shower heads use a combination of air flow and small apertures to deliver strong pressure consistently. This means that you can reap all the benefits of a low-flow shower head without having to give up high pressure!
Different Types of Low-Flow Shower Heads
Low-flow shower heads come in two types: aerating and laminar flow. For those who prefer a mistier spray, an aerating low-flow shower head is ideal. This is because this type of shower head mixes air and water to produce a stream. A laminar flow shower head, on the other hand, produces separate streams of water.
Regardless of the type of low-flow shower head that you choose to install in your home, you should know that things have gotten conveniently high tech in the last few years. Much like smartphones and televisions, low-flow shower heads now come equipped with technology that allows you to set a time for conscientious cleaning. Additionally, some low-flow shower heads allow you to push a button to preset the water temperature. That’s convenience at its finest!
Protect the Environment with Optimum!
Now that you know more about the benefits of installing a low-flow shower head in your home to conserve water, it’s time to talk about another way you can do more for the environment. Here at Optimum, we strive to offer environmentally friendly solutions to our consumers. We know that one of the biggest threats to our environment is plastic pollution. That’s why we designed our bottleless water systems to provide fresh, clean water at your convenience without the use of disposable plastic water bottles.
Not only do our bottleless water systems enhance the taste of your water, but they also keep your drinking water free of chemicals and toxins. With an Optimum system, you can enjoy convenient access to water that is safe to drink without the need for plastic. Why not double your environmental efforts by purchasing an Optimum system for your home? Check out our selection today!