Guest article by Beth Livingston, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
For many of us, showering represents important “me time”—where we wake up or wind down after a tough day. But there’s more to this soapy ritual than relaxation—showering is one of the leading ways we use water at home, accounting for nearly 17 percent of all U.S. residential indoor water use.
Americans use, on average, about 30 gallons of water per household every day just for showering. That’s nearly 1.2 trillion gallons of water every year nationwide! Add to that the energy it takes to deliver hot water to the shower, and we could be wasting precious resources and money with every shampoo.
What if you could save water, energy, and money while keeping your daily ritual intact? You can, with showerheads that earn EPA’s WaterSense® label. These aren’t the models of the past that used less water but didn’t shower with any power. These puppies are independently certified to meet EPA’s performance criteria for spray force and water coverage. Yet they use 20 percent less water than models that meet the federal standard, so you save with every shower.
From classic to modern styles, WaterSense labeled showerheads can bring savings and satisfaction to any bathroom.
Even better, the more than 3,500 WaterSense labeled showerheads now available on the market come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and price points, so whether you’re doing a full bathroom makeover or just looking for a little water- and energy-saving upgrade, there’s a model to meet your needs and match your décor.
This October is Energy Action Month, so why not take action to switch out your old showerhead for a WaterSense labeled model? Here’s what you’ll save:
- Four gallons of water every time you shower, or more than 2,900 gallons each year for the average family. That’s enough to wash more than 70 loads of laundry a year!
- The amount of electricity needed to power your whole home for 13 days each year.
- More $70 in energy and water costs annually. Plus, some utilities offer rebates, giveaways, promotions, or other incentives during October for Shower Better Month. Check out the WaterSense Rebate Finder for offers near you.