Do low flow showerheads lead to longer showers?
Baltimore Sun green living editor Kim Walker guest posts on her energy check-up experience:
Recently I signed up for a BGE Quick Home Energy Check-up. I'll write more about the overall experience soon, but one issue that stood out was whether to install the low flow showerhead.
The technician was a wealth of information, giving the pros and cons for each proposed improvement. When we got to the showerheads, he told me that some people complain that they have to take longer showers to rinse off all of the shampoo and conditioner. A longer shower during my morning rush didn't appeal to me, so I passed. If the difference in water flow is similar to what I'm experiencing with the sink aerators he installed, he was probably right.
Now I'm having second thoughts. I spoke to B'More Green blogger Meredith Cohn and others who have low flow showerheads, and they say they don't have that problem. The Maryland Department of the Environment says installing a low flow showerhead can save 3 gallons of water a minute and the Maryland Energy Administration calculates savings of 250 kWh a year and reduce household electricity consumption by 1 percent.
Has anyone switched to a low flow showerhead and now take significantly longer showers? Are there any showerheads worth recommending?
Photo of Delta Faucet 75152 Water Amplifying Adjustable Showerhead sold at Amazon.com.