If you use an electric hot water heater to heat the water in your home, your showerhead may have a lot to do with electricity. The more hot water you use, the more electricity consumed.
Take a look at your showerhead – what is the flow rate? Usually, you can find this information on the side of the showerhead. If you can’t find it, do the bucket test. Put a gallon bucket under the showerhead and time how long it takes to fill it up.
Let’s do some math for a four person household. Each person takes a seven minute shower on average. Given a showerhead with a rate of 2.5 gpm, this family consumes 70 gallons of hot water per day just showering. With a 5.5 gpm showerhead, the family would consume 154 gallons.
There are several low flow showerheads on the market. For example, the Niagara Earth Massage gets great reviews and uses 1.75 gpm. Even better, it costs about $12.
Just by downsizing from a 2.5 to a 1.75 gpm showerhead, the same family of four could knock down the usage of hot water for showering from 70 gallons per day to 49 gallons per day. Over a month, that’s a savings of 630 gallons of water that you don’t have to heat.
So, while this article focuses on the electrical savings of these low flow showerheads, water savings should not be overlooked. Whether you pay a utility for water, haul water or run a well pump, you’ll save by switching your showerhead.