Water conservation is an extremely important aspect of life that the majority of us ignore or are unaware of. As the planet’s population continues to grow at an alarming rate, water becomes more and more precious. Those of us lucky enough to have access to clean drinking water and appropriate sanitation need to ensure that we are not wasting water.
Most of us could save over one hundred litres of water a week if we cut our showering time by one minute. Water conservation is not hard to do, and it will save you a lot of money on energy bills.
The easiest place to save water and money is in the bathroom, and the best place to implement your water saving ideas is the shower. There are a number of inexpensive devices you can buy that will cut you shower water consumption in half, and these devices are easy to install and require virtually no maintenance.
I advise you to purchase one if not all of the following as soon as possible.
Water Saving Devices
As I’ve previously mentioned, water saving devices for use in your shower are very low priced and will help save you a lot of money in the coming years. The first thing you need to do is determine if your shower utilises a fixed head or a handheld head as this will influence what devices can be used. A fixed head is connected directly the pipework within the wall and is non-operational when removed.
A handheld head is connected to a shower hose and held in place with an adjustable wall rail. Handheld heads can be removed for use in precision cleaning. You will generally find fixed heads in older houses, while handheld heads are typically found in newer houses and apartments.
Low Flow Shower Heads
Low flow shower heads are the most popular water saving device sold on the market today. A low flow shower head works by adding air bubbles to water. This increases the mass of water released, but reduces the overall amount needed to clean. Contrary to belief, low flow shower heads do not affect water pressure or spray strength, and can dramatically improve your shower experience.
These devices can reduce water consumption by up to 50%, and are available in a variety of designs offering you a number of spray styles to choose from. If you’re considering purchasing a low flow shower head then I’d advise you to buy one from a specialist site such as Agua Flux.
An aerator is a very small metal device that can be attached in between the shower hose and the faucet. Aerators work in the same way as low flow shower heads, and are able to reduce water consumption by up to 60%. These items are extremely low priced and very easy to install. If you’re interested in buying an aerator then make sure you buy one made from brass and coated in chrome.This will ensure that the device is resistant to corrosion and lime scale build up.
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Terance Nichols is an energy saving expert who specialises in energy efficiency within the home. Terance likes to spend his free time visiting galleries and museums.