Published by rich on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 20:10:51 - Filed under Other Fun Stuff
I’ve been spending about $80 / month on water - a lot for a single guy.
I attribute this mostly to my long showers.
I spend a lot of time contemplating the SpamButcher anti-spam email system while in the shower. You could say I do some of my best work there.
I speculate that I’m spending about $64 each month on showers alone.
As part of my recent crackdown on spending - I wanted to see if I could do anything about this.
I already had installed an adjustable water restrictor on my existing 2 gallon per minute (GPM) showerhead. You can get one of these at the local hardware store for about $5.
I had it restricted back to only about 1.8 GPM. If I restricted it any further - it just didn’t feel satisfying.
(You can easily measure how many gallons per minute you’re using by timing how long it takes to full up a container of known volume)
So - I went to Home Depot and picked Delta Amplifying Shower Head for $12.75.
The packaging claimed it produced a shower that felt like 2.5 GPM while only using 1.6 GPM of water.
To my surprise - it works exactly as advertised!
While the head looks like it will just shoot a straight jet - it actually produces a nice pulsing widely dispersed stream - like a heavy rain.
In fact - I’m able to crank my restrictor down to 1 GPM and still get a fully satisfying shower.
If my guestimates are correct I’ll be:
- Using 44% less water for showers
- Using 35% less water total
- Saving about $28 a month
So this new shower head will pay for itself in about 2 weeks (3 weeks if you count the cost of the restrictor). That’s a pretty good return on investment.
In other money-saving news - I recently located the Quicken Starter Edition 2008 free trial, the Quicken Deluxe 2008 free trial, the Quicken Premier 2008 free trial, and the Quicken Home & Business 2008 free trial despite Intuit’s best efforts to hide them.