You use it to get clean, refresh, relax or get invigorated, but how much do you really know about your shower? 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? With conserving water and saving money and time becoming increasingly important to many people, here are the five most important things you should know about your shower from GROHE, the world’s leading single-brand manufacturer and supplier of kitchen and bath fittings:
1. Not all showerheads are created equal
Different showerheads emit water at different rates, and that “flow rate” affects how efficient a showerhead is – or isn’t. Federal law limits the maximum allowable flow rate to 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) for showerheads, but some have even lower flow rates. The less water that comes out of the showerhead per minute, the less water that will get wasted down the drain. If your showerhead pre-dates 1980, it could be using more than 5 gpm.
Replacing a less efficient showerhead with one that has a lower flow rate, like the many GROHE showerheads and hand showers with EcoJoy technology, can save water and money – without sacrificing performance.
2. You can renovate a shower without tearing through the wall
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 re-plumbing,” said Cheryl Dixon, Head of Brand Trade and Marketing for GROHE. The GROHE Retro-Fit Shower System can be installed in less than an hour, connecting to your existing plumbing system without breaking the tile wall, and comes standard with a hand shower as well as a traditional showerhead. With three recently introduced models, the system makes it easy to renovate a shower and update a bathroom, even if you’re a renter who wants a quick and easy upgrade.