There’s something to be said for enjoying a long, hot shower after a long, cold night in the winter months. But when you, your spouse, your kids, your parents, your in-laws, your brother or sister and their kids and their spouse, and the dog all need showers you really aren’t going to enjoy that Christmas present from the water and gas companies in the form of a massive bill. So what, if anything, can you do to save yourself from even more expenses during the holidays without giving up those great showers?
Well, that leads us into our final holiday tip: Get some high efficiency
shower heads. Nowadays you can find all kinds of showerheads that pump
up the pressure without using any additional water, so you can get that
firehose blast of hot water without necessarily dumping hundreds of gallons
of water down the drain. The way it works is by using something called
an Aerator to mix the water with air from around the showerhead and increase
the volume of the mixture coming out of the shower nozzles, which increases
the pressure leaving the nozzles by adding to the pressure coming from
the plumbing in the wall. A good unit from a brand like Speakman or Niagara
can provide you with the same pressure as a traditional unit despite using
as little as 1.5 gallons per minute. That means a ten minute shower only
uses 15 gallons of water!
You can pick up an ultra high-efficiency shower head for less than $20,
and the savings it provides during family visits more than make up for
that expense. Of course, when you get a new shower head the best course
of action is to hire a plumber to install it properly so you don’t
have any leaks or risk damaging the existing plumbing in your shower by
overtightening it, and we’re happy to help with that!