Saving water is a huge concern all across the globe. While water was once believed to be an unlimited resource, homeowners today understand that there are indeed limits to the world's water supply. Thankfully, it is easy to make changes that help conserve water. By changing out old, inefficient showerheads for those that can save water but still provide a luxurious shower, homeowners can save both water and money on their utility bills.
Older styles of showerheads use as much as 20 litres of water per minute, while newer water-saving showerheads only use 9 litres of water per minute, according to the Savewater! website. This may seem like a small difference, but when consumers compare water usage per shower over a year, this adds up to thousands of litres of water savings, just for one person. Even a lower-range showerhead that has low-flow features can save quite a bit of water.
Materials needed to fit a water-saving showerhead
Changing out a showerhead is not a complicated process, even for beginners with DIY projects. Homeowners should make sure that they have everything they need before starting because that helps to save both time and frustration. Items to gather include:
- A new water saving showerhead
- Plumbers tape, or Teflon tape
- Rags or paper towels
- Adjustable wrench
Preparing to change the showerhead
Turn off the water at the main water shut-off before beginning any work on the shower system. Test the shower before removing any parts by turning the water on at the tap. Once it is clear the water is not flowing, turn the taps off again to ensure that the water does not rush out once the shut-off is turned back on.
Removing the old showerhead
If the old showerhead is original, it may never have been removed. In this case, the threads are likely to be stiff, so it will take a bit of elbow grease to remove the old showerhead. Use rags or paper towels to protect the showerhead from scratches and to fit the adjustable wrench in place. Apply gentle pressure to twist off the old showerhead.
Once the old showerhead is removed, clean the shower stem. This piece of pipe extends slightly from the wall. The threads on the stem may have old plumbers tape stuck in place. Use a damp rag to remove these remnants.
Installing the new water-saving showerhead
Apply a layer of plumbers tape to the exposed shower stem by wrapping it around the threads. The tape should cover from the tip of the stem to the beginning of the threads. The tape ensures a solid fit between the stem and the showerhead. Wrap a rag around the new showerhead to protect it, and use an adjustable wrench to ensure that the threads are as tight as possible. Turn the water back on at the water shut-off, and test the showerhead to be sure it works properly.
Other ways to save water
Installing a water saving showerhead is just one way to save water. Once homeowners are more cognisant of the amounts of water they use, it is simple to conserve a bit more. Timers are one option for saving water, and fixing small leaks before they become larger is another.
Install a shower timer
Shower timers come in a variety of styles. Some are simply a waterproof timer that homeowners can set each time they take a shower. Others are more complex and are connect to the water system of the shower itself. These types of timers shut the water off once the elapsed time has run out.
Fix any leaks
One of the most insidious ways to lose water in a home is to have unfixed leaks. Homeowners must do periodic checks to ensure that their fixtures are not leaking, even under cabinets. If the plumbing has not been checked in a while, a plumber can help to ensure that there are no leaks.
How to buy items to fit a water-saving showerhead on eBay
If you have not already selected a water saving showerhead, the knowledgeable sellers on eBay have quite a few options available from which to choose. Simply use the search box found on any eBay page to search for "water saving showerheads" or for "shower timers", and browse the listings to find one you like. Tools for the job are also available, such as plumbers tape, to cut down on the chance of any leaks. After reviewing the listings, select the desired items and watch for them to quickly and conveniently arrive at your front door.