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Use a Low-flow Showerhead

Reduce water waste in your home by installing a low-flow showerhead or faucet aerator in your bathroom

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After an exhausting day, a long, hot shower with the water pressure at full-blast sounds perfectly relaxing. Showers, however, are one of the biggest culprits that generate water waste in your home. Showers account for 22% of water use in North America, sending gallons of fresh drinking water down the drain as you lather up. The easiest way to reduce this number, obviously, is by shortening your shower time or taking fewer showers, which can help cut down on the 340 billion gallons of water used in the U.S each day.

There are also inexpensive, easy-to-install devices to make your showers more efficient, including low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. Conventional showerheads can use anywhere from 2.5 to 5 gallons per minute, but using a low-flow showerhead that is easy to install can reduce that number to 1 to 1.5 gpm. Reducing water during your shower, however, doesn’t mean giving up water pressure. Faucet aerators mix air into the water stream to produce an even spray that allows you to enjoy the pressure of a conventional showerhead while consuming less water.


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2. Johnston, David and Kim Master. Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time, 218. British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2004.

3. Hawkin, Paul, Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, p. 220. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1999.

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