Water-saving Showerhead?

Singapore
November 19, 2008 2:12am CST
I jsut read about this in the papers. With the tarrif for water and gas increasing, I'm forced to look for ways to save water. I told my husband about the water-saving showerheads and that we should get one if the one we have is broken. He said that ours is already a water-saving one. Do you use such water-saving products? How do you and yoru family try to save water on a daily basis? We can all share from the experiences of others here. Thank you for all your responses!
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
19 Nov 08
I do not know about the water savings that the shower head can bring. But I bought one cos it is good for increasing the pressure of the shower when you have a low water pressure at home. Using the mist function, it greatly increases the spray of the water coming out. And that makes showering a so much better experience. Now that I have moved from my mum's place, the water pressure at my new home is so much better, I never really though much about it. Other than taking shorter showers, there is really nothing else much we can do to reduce the usage. I am also open to suggestions if there are any to reduce the already minimal usage that I put my family on.
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Hi ah gong, I think that there are many ways to save water, we just do not know and I started this discussion to find what others do to save water. So hopefully someone comes with some good ideas. Using a water-saving showerhead certainly provides a better bathing experience, the spray couples as therapeutic massage on out tired body Glad you are using one too.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Like I said, I was using one in the old house. Yet to get one for the new home though. I am thinking of some drastic measures for saving water. And it may require a one time expenditure. I should have had it done when I was doing my renovation. If only I had insisted, then I could at least regulate the water usage at each point in the home. I am sure that will help a lot towards saving some water.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 Nov 08
My husband and I shower together, does that count? There are also low flow sink add ons too. Some places have grey water systems. We don't have one, but I think that would be cool. Sink and washingmachine water is diverted to a system that cleans them and you can use it after to wash your car or water flowers, but not veggies. Two uses of the same water.
• Singapore
25 Nov 08
Hi writersedge, I realise many people shower together. I do that all the time. Now that we have a daughter. All three of us go showering together. That's wonderful tips! Thank you for your response!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Oh my, I don't know about all three of you, but different cultures are different. Take care.
• Singapore
26 Nov 08
my daughter is still young, by the way!
• United States
20 Nov 08
We do have a water saving showerhead. To save water I do save the bath water and use it to flush the toilet so the water gets used 2x. In warmer months I use bath or laundry water to water my flower beds (not good to use gray water on veggies & fruit plants) from time to time. You could also do like they did in the old days before plumbing they'd fill up the bath tub and "everyone" (not that you'd want to do that now) would use the same bath water and just add a tea kettle of hot water to warm it up. Or as I do it I put my lil girls in the tub togeather & hubby and our son usually take a bath togeather. So that's 3 baths/showers instead of 5. You could also do a rain barrel instead of using your garden hose to collect water to wash your car or water your plants ect. You just need to make sure the water doesn't become stagnent (sp?).
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Hellow 3 snugglebunnies, Great tips here. I'm quite shy to also reveal that my hubby, my daughter and I take showers together. So that's 1 shower instead of 3. Saving bath water is what I normally do when I put my daughter in her tub. I would use it to wash and flush the toilet too. We live in an apartment so collecting rain water is not very feasible. If not I could save a tonnes of money since it rains all the time nowadays. It's the rainy season for your info.
• United States
20 Nov 08
The only way you could collect water was if you had a porch or patio and just left a bucket out in the rain. But I dont' know that you'd get alot unless it was a hard rain. My hubby's great aunt used to collect her water in a rain barrel and even take baths in it because it was better than that "city water"
• Singapore
26 Nov 08
We don't have a porch or patio, so I can't collect rain water there. I would have done so if we had one. I shall think of other ways to do that. Thanks for your suggestions.
@NonaSaile (926)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
I have been very concerned with saving water for a long time now, it has almost become a habit with me - there was a period of time when water supply was very scarce where we used to live. Uhm, of water-saving showerheads, I know nothing about. Over here, we have a simpler method - we use bucket and dipper for taking baths. Water consumption is far lesser when using a bucket, compared to using the shower.
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Hi Nona, I'm not sure if the bucket uses less water than the shower. I must do an experiment on this. I have been meanign to find out about this for quite some time because there are two groups of people living in this house. One group uses the bucket while another uses the showerhead. I always feel that using the shower will coverign all parts more easily compared to the bucket method, but I may be wrong. Will let you know the result of my experimentation soon.
• Singapore
7 Dec 08
Here's what I found. I took 7 minutes to fill the bucket with the showerhead. It means that it I spend 7 minutes with the shower, it would amount to the same thing. But if I take less time to shower, it would mean that I'm using less water. I usually take about 5 minutes to shower, so I'm better off with the shower rather than the bucket. It all depends.
• Philippines
8 Dec 08
Oh! Okay, thanks for the update. It's been a common belief here that filling up the bucket is less wasteful, but you do have a point there.
• India
19 Nov 08
No Sydney, we don't use any water-saving products. In fact, I have never heard of it. Could frequent power cuts be considered a great way to save water?;) Just kidding! Anyway, since we had scanty rainfall this year, we are a bit over conscious about our water usage. I guess we will try to save water even without water-saving products. Cheers and happy mylotting
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
I'm sure there are many other ways to save water. When you mentioned about scanty rainfall, do you mean that you collect them for use around the house? We live in an apartment and it is difficult to collect rain water. But I remember my grandma always collect rainwater all the time. She use it for washing and other things. Thank you for responding!
• India
21 Nov 08
We have a well. :) And yes, we do save on rainwater. A lot of rainwater collects on the terrace of our house, and we have given a pipe connection from the terrace to the well. So the rainwater flows directly into the well. Still, we have to careful while using water. Water is soon going to be the most precious thing on earth. :)
• Singapore
26 Nov 08
wow! A well? That's fantastic, you can keep lots of water in there.
@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
20 Nov 08
We have water saving shower heads on both of ours. We bought them at Walmart. On saving water, I just do small things like not leaving the water running while I'm brushing my teeth. I don't turn it on until I'm ready to rinse. When I'm washing clothes, I wait until we have a large load instead of washing small loads of clothes. Same thing with the dishwasher - we wait until it's full before running it.
• United States
20 Nov 08
I have a portable dishwasher so I do in warmer months collect the water expelled from the dishwasher in a bucket and water my flowers.
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Hi melanie, Thank you for your water saving tips. I also do the same. I never leave water running when brushing teeth, lathering my hair, or soaping. I also wait for full loads when using the washing machine. I think small things add up quickly. You just do not realise it. Thanks for responding!
@icegermany (2524)
• India
19 Nov 08
yes the prices are just increasing day by day may be it is for the ┬┤gas , or water or petroleum. it is very difficult to save this as these are the things which we need it daily and cant survive without this and to save this it is really going to be difficult. we just cant leave drinking water, bathing and all we do with water but we can do is save it where we throw water in excess like we can save water when we are washing dishes by trying to cultivate the habbit to make less use of water, while brushing our teeth we just dont let open taps for long time and this way we can save a little but thios little water together done by everyone will save more.dont you think so what i had mentioned is right if not do share what you think.
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Hi icegermany, you are absolutely right. Cultivating good water saving habits is key to reducing water wastage. I always switch off the water when brushing my teeth, when lathering shampoo into my hair, while soaping my body. Recently I did an experiment. I collected water from just washing my hands. I always need them to be clean, esp when I handle my daughter, food, etc, so I wash my hands many times a day. Just half a day, I collected half a small pail of water just from washing my hands. IMagine that amount everyday of the year. How much can we save? I think if everyone works together, we will all be saving more water in the world.
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• India
20 Nov 08
it is interesting to hear you experimented this and i know each day we use much of water in many ways and we dont realise it but it is important to use the water too but we cant help and dont use water instead we can try to use less water and adapt good methods to use water as you have mentioned the methods like brushing teeths, bathing and all will really help and save water and this is the only way left where we can save water. i remember my grand mother telling, in olden days people use to collect the rain water and use it for the house work and there are people even now who are poor and they cant afford using the water supplied and they try to collect water from rain and use it for the house work. really there are so many people who are rich enough and can afford all things and spent a lavish life but there are also poor people who use alternative methods to live their life. better we save water and use it for a longer time or else we all can face shortage of water.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
19 Nov 08
hi there,i never heared a water saving product but we have lights saver.we saved water daily by not having shower daily since its winter here we dont have a shower everyday only washing some importants parts of the body.
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
We don't have winter here, just rainy season. Being in a tropical island, we need to wash ourselves at least twice a day or we would smell nastier than a skunk. Thanks for your response!
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
20 Nov 08
wowwwww nice the whole year warm.yes if summer we have shower day and night.
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Water and gas are two things that increases my SP service bills. In these days of recession, we are trying to save every bit. When it comes to shower head, our's broke just yesterday. It was not really the showerhead, the outlet of the water heater that is connected to shower. So for past 2 days, we are using a pail. I will be consideringf a water saving one if we have to go for new.
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Hi nishdan, Just in time to get new water-saving showerhead. It is about $12. Check out our Sunday papers. I saw it in the tips to save money or something like that. I find using a pail not a good way. Once we splash, might not even cover teh areas needed. Sometimes, we accidentally splash the bathroom wall instead of over the shoulders. Sigh! But there are some resistent people around the house too who uses this method to bathe. Annoys me
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
20 Nov 08
Oh we don't have an increased tax rate for water and gas yet. Hopefully we never do! Anyway, I've never heard about a water saving shower head. Don't you just turn the water on low setting so only a few comes out? Or instead you can use a spray setting so that a tiny amount of water makes a big "splash."Maybe ours is water saving as we,, haha I don't know!
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Hi mimico, Pray that you don't get an increase in the tariff, ours rose by 21% and everyone is complaining like crazy. I think it is teh second one. The spray setting helps to make a big splash and as such provides and even distribution of water on a wider surface. I did not realise ours was water-saving until my hubby told me. Mayeb yours is too...
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
20 Nov 08
You can use such a device and it will save water compared to a regular shower head. I find that it is comparable to a regular one if you get a good water saving showerhead. Most of the water usage is for washing, toilet flushing and watering outside plants and grass so if your water is expensive anything that can reduce usage will save money. People please do not skip showering if you live in a large city, it is not nice to your neighbors who have to smell you.
• Singapore
25 Nov 08
I never skip showers. I do it at least two times a day. If the weather is too hot, I have more. Can't help it. I feel that we need to conserve water, not just to save money but to help the environment as well. Thank you for sharing!
@patgalca (14309)
• Orangeville, Ontario
19 Nov 08
Where I live, the hydro company went door-to-door giving out free money-saving shower heads, bathroom faucet heads, kitchen faucet heads, and foam tubing to wrap around pipes. This happened last year as well. I have not used the shower heads because I wanted the one I got for a reason. I can remove it from it's socket and rinse down the walls of my shower and tub. My husband hasn't affixed the other items as yet. Hmmm... with golf season over and him being so bored, perhaps I should get him to tackle that. The only method I use to save water is to keep a jug by my kitchen sink. When I rinse out bottles and large cups I pour the water into the jug. Then the water from that jug is used the next time I fill up the sink to wash the dishes.
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Hi Pat, It's great that your hydro company is dishing out all these freebies. How I wish they would do it here. They only gave out a small plastic inserts to reduce water flow in taps. I like your idea to have a jug by the sink. Recently I did an experiment to find out how much water I use to just wash my hands and I kept a small bucket at the sink, it was very useful and yes, I did direct the water from rinsing into the bucket and use it for soaking the dirty rags and floor mats.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
19 Nov 08
That is a great money saving idea! But that is the one thing that I can't do with out. Water pressure! I will cut back on as much as I can, but that I just can't.
@Jenaisle (3803)
• Philippines
6 Dec 08
We don't use any. What we do is to turn it off at the main control so that leaking won't occur. We also recycle water but using dish water to clean cars, garage and water plants. And since it is December and really cooolllld, we don't take a bath 3 x a day as we usually do but just once and wash , or twice. Because it is cold...happy yuletide and merry christmas to you.
• United States
2 Dec 08
I have wondered if a water saving shower head would help us. Our shower head now isnt a huge waster but I think it would all help with the costs going up so high. My hubby takes long showers so a little would go a long way, Now if I can just cut his shower shorter that would save us a ton.