Often when we talk about remodeling bathrooms it’s purely for aesthetic reasons. How does the bathroom look and feel when you are in it. But, when you are fixing up a bathroom you can also take into account new technology that will help you save money, too.
Believe it or not, an average shower uses 40 gallons of water. And that’s hot water. Current regulations state that shower heads must not use more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute, so if you take a shower that’s around 15 minutes long… you close in on 40 gallons pretty quickly. The good news is 2.5 gallons per minute is the high end. Many manufactures have developed new shower heads that use almost a full gallon less per minute. That will drastically reduce your water consumption, and save you real money, too.
The Environmental Protection Agency partnered up with shower head makers to develop the “Water Sense” label. You’ll find it on shower heads that perform better than 2.5 gallons a minute, and they are very easy to install yourself.
A real radical idea comes from a Swedish company called Orbital Systems. They developed a system that recycles the shower water through a high tech filtration system and uses only about 5 gallons of water for a shower. When the water goes down the drain it is filtered cleaner than regular tap water and comes back out the shower head, still warm. You conserve both water consumption and the energy used to heat it.
We can show you many options on how you can save money when remodeling and save money after the remodel, too!