Each morning my shower and I share a relationship lasting no more than a couple minutes, an effort to keep the water bill to a reasonable monthly payment.
It’s the shower that I’ve used for the 15 years I’ve lived in this house, but do I really know anything about it?
The folks at Grohe, which made my kitchen sink faucet (installed by the previous owners), have made me think I don’t know my shower at all and have taken it upon themselves to correct that situation.
Did you know that the average shower lasts eight minutes in America, or that the shower is the third-largest source of water use in the average American home?
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Although Grohe sent me this information to pitch its products, it was wrapped in very interesting facts.
For example, different showerheads emit water at different “flow rates,” which affect how efficient a showerhead is.
Federal law limits allowable flow rate to 2.5 gallons a minute for showerheads. If your showerhead predates 1980, it could be using more than 5 gallons a minute.
Updating a shower can improve its efficiency and your shower experience, yet the potential need to open a bathroom wall may make you hesitate.
“Shower renovations don’t have to require major replumbing,” said Cheryl Dixon, head of brand trade and marketing for Grohe.
How much water goes down the shower drain while you’re waiting for the temperature to reach a comfortable level?
“Adding a shower with a thermostatic valve not only ensures you’ll never again step into an icy shower stream or be surprised by a temperature fluctuation, it can also reduce the amount of water you use,” Dixon said.
Studies show that many people are significantly expanding the size of their showers during renovations, as you might imagine. We’d all like bigger showers, right?