Save a Gallon or 10: Earth Massage Handheld Showerhead (+Giveaway)

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My family recently moved into an apartment in an older building that comes with a lot of quirks. The water running from our faucets turns brown on days with a lot of rain, and no matter what we do to get rid of them, we find at least a few occasional spiders and bugs. We can’t do much about these issues, but there were some changes we knew we wanted to make. Among them: Installing a low-flow, handheld showerhead.

The Earth Massage Handheld Chrome Showerhead by Niagara Conservation operates at just 1.5 gallons per minute, which really adds up when you consider the fact that many showerheads spit out water at 2.5 gallons per minute or more. When they contacted me, I couldn’t wait to review it. We can’t see or feel the difference, which is a good thing. In fact, the water pressure is better than it was with our previous showerhead, and we are showering just as effectively now as we were before we made the switch. Knowing that we’re conserving water without any extra effort is a great feeling, and to maximize those savings, we try to keep our showers as short as possible. One of the upsides of living in an older building is that the water gets hot immediately, so there’s no water waste while we wait for the water to warm up.

My favorite feature, by far, is the 72″, tangle-free hose, which makes bathing my 4-year-old a whole lot easier. As I mentioned, we live in an older building, and the surface of the tub shows its age. I’m not really comfortable letting her sit on the uneven surface for a bath, so I turn on the shower and hand her the showerhead, making the experience much more interactive for her and a heck of a lot easier for me.

I do wish that the showerhead came with a few more spray settings. It comes with just 2 settings, although you can moderate the water pressure one of the two settings by rotating the edge of the head. I use the highest settings when I need a hot, massaging shower, and lower pressure when bathing mini me, as she’s not fond of the sensations of dozens of streams of water pounding her sensitive skin.

Overall, I’m thrilled to know that we have a stylish, quality showerhead that is saving us water and energy, even if we don’t have to pay a separate water bill (it’s included in our rent).

Why It’s Green:

  • Uses a low 1.5 gallons per minute, which can save thousands of gallons of water a year compared to traditional shower heads
  • Can save up to 40% more energy than traditional shower heads

Price: $29.99

(review)

Want to win?

niagara2Three lucky readers will win their own Earth Massage Handheld Chrome Showerhead! So how do you win? Visit Niagara Conservation site, 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 Wednesday, October 28, 2009, to enter.

Want to enter more than once? Boost your chances of winning by completing one or more of the tasks on this list. Please leave a separate comment for each entry:

  1. If you haven’t already, sign up for Green Your Decor’s email updates by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. You must verify your email subscription to be eligible. After you sign up, FeedBurner will send you a verification email. Please do not ignore it — your entry will be invalid if you do not verify. From now on, subscribers will no longer be entered automatically. This will help me avoid choosing a winner who is a subscriber, but who doesn’t necessarily want a specific prize. If you are an email subscriber and you want to be entered, please leave a comment saying that you are an email subscriber and interested in this giveaway. Subscribers will not be entered automatically. You must leave a comment saying that you are a subscriber in order to enter.
  2. If you’d prefer to receive your updates via RSS, sign up for the GYD feed. Then please leave a comment letting me know that you’ve done so, and be sure to include your email address. RSS subscribers are anonymous otherwise. This will let me know that you want to be entered in this giveaway.
  3. Blog about GreenYourDecor.com and post a link to your blog entry here.
  4. Stumble or give a thumbs up to any page at GreenYourDecor.com via StumbleUpon and post a link to your SU profile to verify your thumbs up.
  5. Fave Green Your Decor on Technorati. Then come back here and leave a comment with your Technorati user name so I can verify it.
  6. Follow Green Your Decor on Twitter. Then tweet about GYD or this giveaway and leave a comment with a link to your tweet.

You have until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, to enter. U.S. mailing addresses only! A winner will be chosen via Random.org and contacted via email. Good luck everyone!

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49 comments… add one

  • Nad October 21, 2009, 10:30 pm

    I know our house would greatly benefit from the Electric Green House EcoKit they offer.

  • Nad October 21, 2009, 10:31 pm

    I’m an email suscriber.

  • Renee Alam October 22, 2009, 5:41 am

    I am a subscriber to your email newsletter,please enter me for the giveaway,thanks.Renee

  • Renee Alam October 22, 2009, 5:44 am

    I just visited the site & found the eco-kits are very interesting.It includes everything you need to start saving money.I just moved into a 1960′s house that hasn’t had one thing changed & we can only change things slowly,so I would absoulutely love to have the shower head for our lovely (lol!) purple shower so we can have one thing less to worry about,plus it’s beautiful!Renee

  • Stacy October 22, 2009, 9:06 am

    Saves 20% more water and energy than a standard 2.5 GPM showerhead – that’s 3,650 gallons of water annually! This is huge, save money and save water,it is a win win for everyone, i really need this product!

  • Jen October 22, 2009, 9:15 am

    I’m a subscriber and would love to enter!

  • Jen October 22, 2009, 9:19 am

    The Niagara Flapperless Toilet looks like a really neat idea.

  • Marci October 22, 2009, 2:16 pm

    I also like the limelight.

  • Marci October 22, 2009, 2:16 pm

    Subscriber!

  • Staci A October 22, 2009, 7:10 pm

    Over at their site, I learned that they also offer products in kits, such as the water, electric, or gas kits. I love that you can buy individually or together. I think the Water EcoKit looks wonderful!

  • Staci A October 22, 2009, 7:13 pm

    I faved you on Technorati-MommaStaciA

  • Staci A October 22, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • Jaime October 23, 2009, 9:28 pm

    I subscribed via email

  • Jaime October 23, 2009, 9:32 pm

    I liked the Deluxe Water Green House EcoKit™, great idea and great price
    *This is my 1st entry

  • Jaime October 23, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Renee Alam October 24, 2009, 4:27 pm

    Hi.I just signed up for the GYD feed,so please consider me for the contest.Thanks!

  • shelly aka allysmama October 25, 2009, 1:26 am

    The Niagara Flapperless Toilet looks interesting!!
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  • shelly aka allysmama October 25, 2009, 1:26 am

    email subscriber
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  • shelly aka allysmama October 25, 2009, 1:27 am

    faved on technorati as sleatham1
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  • shelly aka allysmama October 25, 2009, 1:28 am

    feed subscriber
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  • shelly aka allysmama October 25, 2009, 1:28 am

    follow on twitter and tweeted
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  • Tifa October 25, 2009, 8:15 pm

    Ecokits are effing brilliant. ‘Nuff said.

  • Tifa October 25, 2009, 8:16 pm

    and I’m a subscriber!

  • Tifa October 25, 2009, 8:17 pm

    and now I’m following GYD on twitter as well!

  • Chelsea S October 26, 2009, 12:59 am

    I would love to have their flapperless toilet which eliminates the need for “rubber flappers and flexible seals in the toilet tank.”

    saulpaugh.chelsea(at)gmail(dot)com
    – Chelsea

  • Chelsea S October 26, 2009, 1:01 am

    Signed up for Green Your Decor’s email updates.

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    – Chelsea

  • Chelsea S October 26, 2009, 1:03 am

    Signed up for Green Your Decor RSS Feed.

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    – Chelsea

  • Chelsea S October 26, 2009, 1:13 am

    Stumbled this giveaway. (csaulpaugh89)
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    – Chelsea

  • Chelsea S October 26, 2009, 1:14 am

    Faved on Technorati. (csaulpaugh89)

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    – Chelsea

  • Chelsea S October 26, 2009, 1:16 am

    Following Green Your Decor on Twitter (csaulpaugh89) and tweeted.
    http://twitter.com/csaulpaugh89/status/5167926426

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    – Chelsea

  • Michelle October 26, 2009, 5:55 am

    I learned that Flapperless Toilet: The only gravity-flush toilet that controls water flow with the use of patented “tipping bucket” technology, eliminating rubber flappers and flexible seals in the toilet tank.

  • Valerie R. October 26, 2009, 5:59 am

    Saves 20% more water and energy than a standard 2.5 GPM showerhead…I really need to replace my showerheads!

  • Laura October 26, 2009, 7:18 am

    I like the Eco-Kit they offer, what a great and handy way to green your home!

  • Pat October 26, 2009, 7:33 am

    I like the Toilet Water Saver. It saves up to 2,700 gallons of water per year.

  • Shane October 26, 2009, 7:35 am

    I had no idea that companies could take part in programs to help them conserve water. I just had never thought about it until visiting their site. Great site you have here!

  • Jeet October 26, 2009, 8:14 am

    The flapperless toilets have powerful one-time flushing in spite of the new technology that uses less water.

  • Michelle October 26, 2009, 8:26 am

    I didn’t know there was a flapperless toilet tank out there! Sounds like a great idea from Niagara!
    I’m an email subscriber.

  • Debby October 26, 2009, 8:58 am

    I really like the flapperless toilet. A great water saver and maintenance free too.

  • dawn October 26, 2009, 12:59 pm

    Gas Green House EcoKit™ would be one of my choices. Another would be the Flapperless Toilet. The flapperless toilets have powerful one-time flushing in spite of the new technology that uses less water.

  • Mary Jo October 26, 2009, 3:13 pm

    I really like the flapperless toilet too! Only I would put a toilet on my Christmas list!

  • Sheena October 26, 2009, 3:40 pm

    I love that Niagara Conservation offers Eco Kits for those who may be stumped on where to start when it comes to greening their home. We just moved and our showerhead sucks. Since we do pay for water, we’d love to save where we can. *crossing my fingers for a win*

  • Lethea Benson October 26, 2009, 7:11 pm

    I learned that 30% of a family’s water comsumption is used in the shower, with a teen daughter I bet ours would be closer to 50%, LOL!
    I’d love to be entered to win, thanks for a chance & good luck to everyone=)

  • stephen October 26, 2009, 10:19 pm

    live the flapperless t0ilet. tho i always likes flappers….

  • Linda Kish October 26, 2009, 10:20 pm

    I could really use a kitchen faucet aerator

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  • Jeremy Herndon October 27, 2009, 12:04 pm

    I see that there are a lot of things that we can do to conserve.

    Thanks for the entry.

  • Condo Blues October 27, 2009, 10:14 pm

    I like the Water Green House kit. I have horrible builder’s inefficient shower heads in my house and need to change them.

  • Condo Blues October 27, 2009, 10:17 pm

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  • Condo Blues October 27, 2009, 10:17 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.

  • Bobbi October 28, 2009, 12:52 pm

    I want a “Water Eco Kit” to give away as a door prize at our next EARTH DAY potluck at our First United Methodist church in Ohio!

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