I have learned a lot about green living while writing and researching for Green Your Decor. I know where to look when I want a rug that won’t offgas noxious chemicals and why it’s a good idea to pay extra for soy-based cushions in upholstered furniture. But I admit I haven’t learned a whole lot about conservation in other ways. Because let’s face it — an FSC-certified, fair trade sculpture makes me feel good about my purchase, but it won’t reduce my energy use or conserve water. I’m trying to be a lot more diligent about making changes that are bigger than just replacing all my light bulbs with CFLs and using the dishwasher when its full. The kind of changes that make an impact that you can’t necessarily see right away. Replacing our existing shower head with a Waterpik EcoFlow 1.5 low-flow shower head was one of my first steps in this direction.
The EcoFlow is supposed to save up to a gallon of water per minute. This alone peaked my interest. The average shower in our home lasts between 10 and 15 minutes, so that’s a big water savings overall. We just recently received and installed the EcoFlow, but I am cautiously optimistic that over the next month or two, we’ll see a difference — even if small — in our water bill. According to Waterpik’s water savings calculator, if we take 4 showers per day at an average of 12 minutes each, we can save $217.25 over a year, along with 17,520 gallons of water. Those are some impressive numbers.
Installation was a simple process that took my husband less than 5 minutes. And I love the 5 spray settings that can be adjusted by simply rotating the front edge of the showerhead. I’m a sucker for a relaxing shower, so being able to switch between full body coverage, a concentrated spray, misting and two different massage settings has made it a joy for me already, since I have always loved massages, I even got a Inada Massage Chairs and use it all the time.
Switching to a water-saving, low-flow shower head is one of the more affordable changes anyone can make that will have a positive impact on the Earth. And if you’re wondering what we did with our existing shower head, we’re planning on donating it to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, so it won’t end up in the landfill. I do, of course, wish that the EcoFlow was made with recycled metal content and that the packaging was recyclable #1, #2 or #5 plastic. It still has a ways to go, but a low-flow faucet is a step in the right direction.
Waterpik offers several EcoFlow models, both faucet-mounted and handheld, so you can find one that fits your budget and your needs.
Why It’s Green:
- A low-flow shower head will help you conserve water
WANT TO WIN?
One reader has a chance to win their own EcoFlow showerhead to help reduce water consumption. So how do you win? Visit the Waterpik EcoFlow website, then come back here and leave a comment about something you liked or learned. It could be a product or something you learned about the company. Do this by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, to enter.
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