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Water-saving showerhead

Low-flow is the way to go
Switching to a water-saving showerhead can reduce your water heating costs by $250 a year.
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Water-saving showerheadContrary to popular belief, water-saving or low-flow showerheads don't reduce water pressure. In fact, a high-quality showerhead can actually increase the force of the spray by directing the water more efficiently.

A good showerhead will have a two- to three-gallon per minute flow rate, compared to five to eight gallons per minute for a conventional model - a difference of four cents per minute. The energy savings can be significant - a family of four, each taking a five-minute shower a day, can cut their water heating costs by $250 a year by switching to a water-saving showerhead!

  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Cost: $5-$50, depending on the style of showerhead you choose
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Tools: Showerhead, pliers or wrench, Teflon plumber's tape

You can test the amount of water your current showerhead emits: if it takes less than 20 seconds to fill a one-gallon bucket, you need a water-saving showerhead. Be sure to use COLD water for this experiment!

      

Installing a water-saving showerheadStep 1

Drain the standing water from the existing showerhead. Without turning on the water faucet, open the shower level and let the water drain out.

Step 2

Take your pliers or wrench and gently loosen the existing showerhead. If it's a little stubborn, wrap some first aid tape or a few adhesive bandages around the fitting to help you pliers get a better grip.

Unscrew the old showerhead and throw it away. Clean off the end of the pipe and dry it with the towel.

Step 3

Take the Teflon tape and wrap it clockwise around the end of the fitting. This will help prevent any leaks or drips.

Step 4

Screw on the new high-efficiency showerhead and tighten the nut with your pliers. Don't over-tighten, or you'll have trouble getting it off again.

Step 5

Turn on the water faucet and open the shower to check for leaks. You'll have a strong spray that uses about half the water the old showerhead did!

      

Please note: These "do-it-yourself" guidelines are provided as an overview, and should not be used as the sole instructions for a home improvement project. Always read and follow the manufacturer's directions for the products you choose. Alliant Energy cannot be held responsible for injuries or damages resulting from these instructions.

      

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