When it comes to saving water, even the smallest changes can make a big difference. It’s even better when one easy action can save you some elbow grease and your hard-earned dollars at the same time.
A recent post from Sustainable Nations makes this point in its title: “Save Money By NOT Cleaning Your Old Shower Head.”
How is that possible? As the post notes, older shower heads release up to 3.5 GPM (Gallons Per Minute), but many new low-flow models come in the 1 to 1.5 GPM range, yet have a negligible difference in water pressure (because no one wants a wimpy shower). Basically, instead of spending $10 for chemically-laden cleaning products such as CLR to remove the grit and grime from your current shower head, you can spend the same amount of money (or even less) and replace it with a new low-flow shower head. This change not only slashes your water bill but also saves precious H2O, too.
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If you’re interested in making the switch, New York Times writer Stephen Treffinger reviewed 17 different low-flow shower heads of varying models that deliver an “acceptably robust shower” (prices range from $10 to $194).
Treffinger notes that the swap can make a massive difference in your water footprint: “If you typically take a 10-minute shower every day, a reduction of a half gallon per minute will save over 1,800 gallons of water a year.”
Sounds like a planet-friendly solution that’s green and (literally) clean.
(H/T: Reddit)