water saving shower heads and faucet aeraters

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by rhodesjrsr, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. rhodesjrsr

    rhodesjrsr New Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    I've read the following information:

    Faucet Aeraters:
    1.5 gpm = up to 32% savings
    1.0 gpm = up to 54% savings
    0.5 gpm = up to 77% savings

    Shower Heads:
    When you switch out your old showerhead, your savings is simply the difference in the flow rates. Compared to 2.5 gpm, by selecting a new 1.75 gpm showerhead you will save 30%. Choose 1.5 gpm to save 40%, and 1.25 gpm to save 50%.

    I'm thinking about replacing showerheads and adding faucet aeraters to save on water used both at home and in rentals....

    Any thoughts or recommendations?
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Not all showerheads are made equal. It can be a real pain getting shampoo out of your hair with much lower flow. If the heads are old, unrestricted, then yes, replace them. Otherwise, I'd probably forget it. Most newer faucets already have a fairly low flow, so changing the aereator, may not make much difference.
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  4. rhodesjrsr

    rhodesjrsr New Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    everything is original in this building... built in 1978... (except what we have changed -- and that doesn't include bathroom/kitchen filters)
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    shower heads

    Just be sure you do not bang your head against the wall when you try to get it under the shower head and rinse off, because the water is going to be falling straight down or so thin streams that you may get frustrated.
  6. srdenny

    srdenny Plumbing Contractor

    Sep 11, 2004
    Plumbing Contractor
    SF Peninsula
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