It is possible to find a luxury showerhead that does not waste so much water. Even if you do not care much about conserving water, you certainly must care about conserving money – and using some luxury showerhead models can push both your water and electricity bill (the cost of heating all of that water) over the edge. Of course, as aforementioned, it is still possible to have a luxury showerhead that does not waste gallons and gallons of water.
One example is Delta Faucets H20kinetic Technology showerhead. It sounds pretty high tech – and for a showerhead, it is. Sure, this showerhead shoots only 1.6 gallons of water per minute (the industry standard is 2.5 gpm), but that does not mean that it is a wimp when it comes to pressure. In fact, due to a plastic “chip” that is built into each of the four nozzles, you can expect a whole lot of soothing pressure – how so? Well, the chip act similarly to a thumb pressed over a garden hose nozzle. Now imagine that pressure coming down right where you need it.
If you have an old showerhead in your home, it can be using up to 6 or 8 gallons per minute, and yet it may still not have the great pressure and feel of a water-conserving showerhead like the Aqua Helix. The Aqua Helix is the lowest flow showerhead on the market – it amazingly uses only ½ gpm! It has a nozzle that rotates at up to 1500 rpm’s. The Aqua Helix is the invention of Tim Wilson, and it works by accelerating water flow through the showerhead. Just imagine how much you can save (water, heat bill, etc.) by using this low flow showerhead.
Real Goods has a great, “Lowest Flow Showerhead.” It uses an average of about 1.3 gpm. Again, just because this particular showerhead does not waste water, it does not mean that you have to sacrifice the luxury of a good, luxurious spray. An added benefit of this showerhead is that it has a built in “soap-up” valve. You use this valve to turn off the flow when you are soaping up or shaving, etc. It is so much easier than turning off your water completely and then having to find the right water temperature again!
In general, there are two types of low-flow showerheads. Aerating showerheads mix air into the water stream. In this way, you retain the steady pressure and also get a full shower spray – this is the most popular type. Realize, though, that because there is air being mixed in with the water, the water temperature might be cooler than you like by the time it hits the shower floor.
Non-aerating showerheads not mix air in with the water stream. You get a very strong spray – a massaging shower.
These are just three examples of great water-conserving showerheads. There are many other ones out there. Also, realize that if you have a low flow showerhead that you do not like right now, that does not mean that you will not like any other low flow showerhead! Just as with regular showerheads, low flow showerheads can have many different settings and spray patterns – people like different pressures and sprays. Be sure to try out another one before you completely give up on saving water!