If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably thought about ways to reduce your expenses. While house payments and property taxes are fixed costs that people usually budget for ahead of time, fluctuating utility bills can cause some people to struggle. And even those who adopt a fixed-payment system when it comes to water and electricity may look for ways to reduce their monthly costs. While some people think that the only way to do this is to reduce their use of these utilities, this isn’t always the case – in fact sometimes a simple change in hardware can help improve the efficiency of your water and electricity consumption. Let’s explore the benefits of changing a showerhead in your home.
What Is A Water Efficient Showerhead?
Most people assume that showerheads are relatively homogenous. While there are different designs and brands available on the market, it’s easy to think that this small component plays a relatively small part in your monthly bills. However, designers have worked to make showerheads more efficient in recent years. Making the change to a new fixture designed to provide a more efficient flow, helps you cut down on wasted water and reduces your water bill at the same time. And given that each gallon of water that flows out of your showerhead may need to be heated first, you can also use this method to reduce your electric bill as well.
How To Change A Showerhead
If you’re looking to change a showerhead, there are a few key materials you will need. After finding your water efficient showerhead of choice, you should also have a wrench, Teflon tape, and a pair of scissors. It’s also generally a good idea to have some towels or napkins around to clean up excess water during the project. Here are the main steps in the process:
- Remove the existing showerhead. Most showerheads can be removed by hand by twisting them to the left (or counter-clockwise). Older models may be a bit stiffer. In the event of this issue, use the wrench to loosen the unit.
- Tape the end of the shower arm. Taping up the end of the shower arm to help it fit more snuggly with the shower head will prevent water from leaking at the base.
- Attach the new showerhead. When you change a showerhead, the newer model doesn’t need to be too tight. If you find you have applied too much tape, trim the excess with your scissors.
- Adjust the showerhead. After you change a showerhead, it’s always a good idea to turn the water on and ensure that there is no leak. If there is, adding a bit more tape or tightening the unit can usually solve the problem.
For more information, this video will walk you through the basic steps to change a showerhead in your home:
If you want to change a showerhead, you may be surprised to find out it’s very easy. And this small, cost-efficient move has additional benefits as well. By cutting down on your water and electricity use, you’ll also help to cut down on CO2 emissions and leave a smaller carbon footprint. If you have any questions about how to change a showerhead or which water efficient model may be right for you, contact us at Legacy Plumbing today!