■Install water efficient showerheads to save up to 6,000 gallons of water per person each year.
■Use a bucket to collect water while waiting for the shower to get hot or Install innovative and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” (no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections). It uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These systems are temperature-controlled and are easily adjustable to meet your particular temperature needs. There is no water waste and it also reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers. The average family can waste over 17,000 gallons of fresh water each year while it runs down the drain as you wait for hot water to arrive (according to G.A.M.A. statistics).
■Take shorter showers. Limit time spent in the shower to soap up, wash down, and rinse off. Shorter showers save on energy costs associated with heating water
■Use a shower timer. Choose from a manual 4-minute egg timer or a more sophisticated electronic timer that either attaches to the shower wall or showerhead, or is wired into the wall during construction
■Use a bucket to collect water while waiting for the shower to get hot
■Shave your legs before taking a shower. Use running shower water to rinse off.
■Insulate hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy.
■Consider an instantaneous water heater if your existing water heater is located some distance to the bathroom. Talk to a plumber first to make sure it will work adequately with your 3-star showerhead.
■Make sure your hot water system thermostat is not set too high. Adding cold water to reduce the temperature of very hot water is wasteful.