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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Money-Saving Tip: Switch to a (free) low-flow showerhead

A few days ago, I read about switching to a low-flow shower head over at The Lean Green Family to help the environment and save money. Leah also gave some tips on how to select a good low-flow shower head - one that won't make you want to revert back to your regular-flow shower head because you're not getting any pressure.

However, I want to suggest an alternative that may get you a free low-flow shower head: take an energy-use survey for your utility company. I did one online (I think it was with our gas company), after which I received a box containing one low-flow shower head and some faucet aerators. We swapped out the shower head and while it's not as great as our previous one, we've adjusted and it's perfectly adequate. Oh - and did I mention it was free?

Of course, it's possible that you won't see any changes. Our water costs are included in our monthly homeowner's association dues, so I can't confirm that our water consumption has gone down. I wish I could say that our natural gas bill has gone down since we're heating less water but unfortunately, the increase in natural gas prices has meant that our bill is actually higher this year than it was last year. Additionally, I've compared our usage from last year and we're only using a smidge less natural gas since switching to a low-flow shower head. However, I think it's likely that we're using more hot water than we used to, since both boys take a bath every night.

The bottom line: Get a free low-flow shower head from your utility company, and then give it a try. You'll help save the environment, and you might just save some money, too.

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  • At 3/6/08, 7:48 AM, Blogger GinnyBerry said…

    Thanks for this suggestion. I'm going to check this out for the utilities in my area right away.

    My husband just converted one of our bathrooms to one of those water saving toilets. I'm not happy with the way it is doing the job. I don't want to get graphic, but it doesn't work as nicely as I'd hope. I plan to ask him if there is some type of adjustment.

    But I'll definitely check out out utility's websites to see if they are offering something in our area.

  • At 3/6/08, 1:24 PM, Blogger Angie said…

    Shower heads are super-easy to switch out, by the way. Thanks for the tip, Cathy!

  • At 3/7/08, 5:28 PM, Blogger Leah Ingram said…

    Whoa, this is excellent advice. I love the idea of getting a free low-flow showerhead, so thanks for explaining how to do it. Also, thanks for linking to my blog.


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