Can changing your shower head save you money?
Technology is always improving plumbing products to make them more efficient in using water -none more so than the humble showerhead.
Older style showerheads can use up to 25 litres of water per minute. Not only can a modern showerhead reduce the amount of water you use, but it can also cut your water heating bills and greenhouse emissions.
How does a water efficient showerhead work?
New showerheads use less water by controlling the amount of water that comes through the shower and with a better distribution of holes it still gives you enough water flow to wash and rinse yourself. With most new shower heads, you wouldn’t even notice the reduced water flow at all, in fact, some disperse the water better than the old shower heads.
What to look for in a new shower head
Look for the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme that measures new showerheads in terms of how efficient they are in their water usage. This WELS rating should be printed on each new showerhead. The best and highest number for a showerhead is a 3 star rating, which equates to about 6 to 9 litres of water usage per minute.
Shower head exchange programs
A new WELS rated shower head makes such a difference in saving water that some state water authorities offer showerhead exchange programs to encourage households to change their showerheads. Contact your local water supplier to find out if they offer a shower head exchange program and if so, how you can take part in it. Your local plumber will be able to help too.
How much does a new water efficient shower head cost?
There is a large range of showerheads available from hardware stores, bathroom specialists and plumbing centres. They range from under a $100 to over $300 for deluxe models. They come in a choice of spray patterns, head shapes, hand held models, colours and styles – all designed to match your existing bathroom items.
Changing the showerhead yourself, or hire plumber?
If you consider yourself a handyman, you can replace the showerhead yourself. There are lots of YouTube videos and tutorials showing you step by step. Watch these videos first to see if you have the skills to do it yourself. If not, simply call your plumber.
If you are still unsure if your showerhead is water efficient or you would like more information on changing your showerhead to save big bucks on water and energy consumption, call JRT Plumbing. We are happy to show you how easy it is to save water and money!