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Guide: Install a Low-flow showerhead

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Low-flow shower heads have come a long way since their inception and actually have respectable pressure without using as much water as normal shower heads. These not only save on water usage, but also save on energy because you are heating less water for the shower.
Step 1: Check to see if you have a low-flow showerhead
Anything less than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute) counts. There should be a label on the showerhead. If you can't find one, you can always rely on the saucepan method. Take a saucepan of known volume (4 quarts to a gallon), and run it under the shower (on cold!) to see how many times it fills up in a minute.
Step 2: Acquire a low-flow showerhead
The lower the better. If you can find one on Craigslist or at a recycled building materials center, good. If not, they can be found at most hardware and home furnishing stores.
Step 3: Install the new showerhead
This simply involves unscrewing the old head and screwing the new one on. It may require a wrench and some elbow grease, but it shouldn't be too involved of a process.
Step 4: Save or properly dispose of the old showerhead
Either save the old showerhead as a backup or dispose of it in a way that ensures the materials will be reused. Try your best to recycle the material if it was a particularly inefficient showerhead, or donate it to a recycled building materials center.
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Seriina Covarrubias July 2, 2009
Does it count if mine is low flow because it keeps getting crammed with calcium...?
Steven Skoczen July 2, 2009
See what it's flow rate in GPM is (details in Step 1)! :)
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