Here’s an interesting fact that you might not know. While federal regulations limit shower heads to no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute, it wasn’t always this way. In fact, up through the 1980’s, shower heads were allowed to use up to 5.0 gallons of water per minute. That’s double what is now allowed. This also brings up an interesting question. Just how much water is potentially wasted when we shower, and how can we reduce that amount? Well, that’s where having the right shower head comes in handy.

When looking to conserve water, the best place to start is to ensure that your shower head is in working order. Is it tightened on securely? Is it leaking any water? If there are any leaks, these need to be fixed immediately if you wish to cut down on your water bill. You should also ensure that the shower head is clean, and that all of the nozzles are in working order and pointing the water straight at you.

Besides leaks in the shower head, you should also ensure that you have some sort of washer that came with the shower head which allows you to restrict water flow. While this is standard with most shower heads, you’d be surprised at the number of people that choose not to use this added feature. If you no longer have the washer, you should look into either buying one, or possibly replacing and upgrading your shower head.

Another factor to consider in a potential shower head purchase is that it has a pause function. This allows you to temporarily turn off the shower head. This is perfect when you’re washing and conditioning your hair for instance. This comes pretty standard with most shower heads, but it’s a good idea to make sure yours will have it.

Finally, you should consider using one of the water functions which is available that directs the most water onto you. Wide rain like functions are nice, but often spray the rain in wide directions that don’t always hit you. Switching to a mist or power massage setting should ensure that most of the water is hitting your body. If your shower head does not offer either function, consider looking into a replacement! Several of the shower heads that I recommend even offer these functions.

In closing, if you’re looking for a way to cut down on your monthly bills, conserving your water usage is a great place to start. It’s rather easy to do, and depending on your location, can lead to some pretty big savings. In just a few months, a new shower head can easily pay for itself.