shower head saves waterWith the holiday season comes water heater stress. You get guests in your house and when everyone wants to shower, the water heater works overtime.

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Sure, you could stagger showers with enough time in between for the water heater to catch up and reheat enough water for the next person. Here is a stupid, simple idea that works: use less hot water. Now, I’m not demanding short submariner type showers (although that would work). Nor am I saying you should turn the water off as you are soaping up (yes that would place less stress on your water heater too). I’m suggesting you replace your showerheads.

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If you have 2.5 gallon per minute showerheads now, and you replace them with 1.6 gallon heads, you will save nearly 1 gallon of water for every minute you shower. So if you have guests staying at your house you can rack up the savings, and let the water heater breathe a little easier. Let’s assume you have 4 people at the house and each takes a 10 minute shower (probably a conservative estimate). Do the math: 4 people x 10 minutes = 40 minutes of total shower time.  Take 40 minutes x .9 gallons (2.5 gallons minus 1.6 gallons) of water savings per minute =36 gallons of water per day that they stay over. Best of all, it will only take you 5 minutes to replace a shower head.

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