Simple to Install, Big Savings
Low flow showerheads are easy to install and they save you:
- on your water bill
- on fuel costs (Natural gas, electric, propane, etc.)
- wear and tear on your water heater
It’s a win – win.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Purchase a low flow showerhead (Prices run from low to high, so pick something that fits your budget and your fashion sense. Look for the EPA Water Sense seal to make sure it meets low flow standards)
- Purchase plumbers tape (made of teflon, small roll – $1 to $2)
- Get a wrench large enough to fit around your current showerhead
- Get into a safe position to work on your showerhead (stepstool, etc.)
- Carefully remove the old showerhead (can sometimes be done by hand, but you’ll probable need the wrench)
- Clean the threads where the new shower will attach
- Wrap the plumbers tape around the threads 3 times (wrap it to the left, counter clockwise)
- Flatten tape into the threads
- Place the new showerhead onto the stem and tighten it to the right (clockwise) (remember: righty tighty, lefty loosey)
- Try not to over tighten
- Test the showhead for leaks
- Tighten a little more as necessary
Now you can enjoy your new shower!
- The average showerhead uses 3 to 4 gallons of hot water per minute
- Going low flow means that you’ll use on 1.5 to 2 gallons per minute
- You could save over 2,000 gallons of water a year!
- And you won’t have to heat those 2,000 gallon either.
DIY projects can make a difference all over your home.