What to Look for in Water Saving Showerheads
Showering accounts for approximately 17 percent of residential indoor water use in the United States-adding up to more than 1.2 trillion gallons of water each year nationwide. Replacing an older, inefficient showerhead with a high-efficiency model will help reduce water use in the home and save on both energy and water utility bills.
American Standard's FloWise® showerheads deliver an invigorating, satisfying soak while reducing water usage up to 40 percent than current code requirements. The key to their construction is a small turbine-like mechanism that spins the water stream through the head to create a powerful, energizing spray.
Three innovative FloWise models include a basic unit that delivers 1.5 gpm; a more transitional style 1.5 gpm showerhead for the design-conscious consumer; and a three-function unit that lets users select any one of three spray modes:
- a center-only spray at 1.5 gpm (40 percent savings);
- a center spray with complementary perimeter spray, for a total flow rate of 2.0 gpm (20 percent savings);
- a perimeter-only "rain shower" spray at 2.0 gpm (20 percent savings).
The result feels much the same as standard 2.5 gpm showerheads, although FloWise uses only 1.5 gpm, making it perfect for any home.