Showerhead FAQ

Showerhead FAQ

How does an energy-saving showerhead work?
Why should I choose an energy-saving showerhead?
How much water does an energy-saving showerhead use?
How much can I save with an energy-saving showerhead?
Can I replace all my showerheads?
What showerhead styles are available?
How much does an energy-saving showerhead cost?
Can I get discounted prices on showerheads?
How do I install an energy-saving showerhead?
Once I've changed my showerhead, how do I dispose of the old one?
How can I learn more?



How does an energy-saving showerhead work?

An energy-saving showerhead reduces the amount of water that flows from the showerhead to conserve hot water and save energy. By using less hot water, you also reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the water.

While energy-saving showerheads use less water, they are designed to provide strong water flow, ensuring a great shower experience. This is done through aeration and/or flow restriction. Showerheads that use aeration incorporate air into the stream of water by drawing air in or forcing it into the water stream with compressed air. This process provides consistent pressure, velocity and spray. Showerheads that use flow restriction emit a pulsed stream of water, maintaining the water temperature throughout use and providing a strong water flow. 

Some energy-saving showerheads also include shut-off valves that allow the user to stop the water flow while soaping up or shaving. Others include an added temperature feature that avoids the waste of hot water while the shower is warming up, saving even more energy.  back to top

Why should I choose an energy-saving showerhead?

Water heating is the second biggest contributor to home energy bills, and showers typically account for most of a family’s hot water use. Installing energy-saving efficient showerheads is one of the most affordable and effective ways to reduce energy and water bills and conserve water. Upgrading just one showerhead with an energy-saving model can save the average household from 20 percent to 40 percent per year in water and energy costs. 

A standard showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm) or more, while showerheads with the EPA’s WaterSense® label use 2.0 gpm or less. They are independently certified to use at least 20% less water than standard models and perform just as well or better.  back to top

How much water does an energy-saving showerhead use?

Energy-saving showerheads use 2.0 gallons of water per minute (gpm) or less, while standard showerheads use 2.5 gpm (or more).  back to top

How much can I save with an energy-saving showerhead?

The amount of water and energy you save in a year depends on the gallons of water per minute that flow from your showerhead. It also depends on how you heat your water, the number of showers you take and the length of your showers. The less hot water that comes from the fixture, the less energy you will use to heat the water. 

Use the WaterSense water savings calculator to estimate how much energy you could save each year, based on how you heat your water and the number of people in your home. You can also calculate what you could save with water-saving faucets and toilets.  back to top

Can I replace all my showerheads?

Energy-saving showerheads can replace any kind of showerhead except a ceiling-mounted model.  back to top

What showerhead styles are available?

Retailers now offer energy-saving showerheads in a variety of brands, water flow types, styles and finishes. Both wall-mounted and handheld fixtures are available. Water flow options include brisk, rainfall, mist, massaging and variable spray, among others.  back to top

How much does an energy-saving showerhead cost?

Energy-saving showerheads purchased from retailers can range from $7 to $50, depending on the type of fixture. Handheld fixtures are typically more expensive than fixed, wall-mounted models.  back to top

Can I get discounted prices on energy-saving showerheads?

The Northwest utilities sponsoring Simple Steps, Smart SavingsTM have worked with participating retailers to offer special pricing on qualified energy-saving showerheads. Many utilities also provide residential customers with basic energy-saving showerheads at no cost or low cost, and partner with retailers to offer rebates on qualified showerheads. 

Visit our Utility Offers page to see the special offers from your utility or check our Find A Store page for the nearest retail location offering specially priced products.
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How do I install an energy-saving showerhead?

Click here to view our easy-to-use showerhead installation instructions.  back to top

Once I’ve changed my showerhead, how do I dispose of the old one?

Showerheads contain no hazardous materials, so dispose of them in your household garbage.  back to top

How can I learn more?

  • Contact your local energy utility or water provider for tips on saving energy and water.
  • Visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website, which includes an interactive water savings calculator.
  • Get more ideas for using less hot water and saving energy and money from the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • See how to stop wasting water at the Wasting Water Is Weird website at www.wastingwaterisweird.com.

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