Speakman Showerheads: A Water Saving, Low Flow Version

If you’ve ever stayed at a nice hotel, chances are you’ve used a Speakman showerhead. They’re the ones with multiple jets, and a little lever so that you can adjust the way that the showerhead sprays. They give you a nice, quality shower, and they look pretty fancy too.

But what about us environmentalists who want to save a little bit of water when we shower? The standard Speakman showerhead uses 2.5 gallons per minute. That’s much lower than showerheads manufactured in the 1980s and before, but it is the maximum amount of water allowed for a showerhead these days. Sort of eco-neutral in my book.

But Speakman now makes a 2 gallon per minute showerhead, in six different varieties.

That means that you can get the luxury of a real Speakman, and still meet LEED green building standards.

When you buy a showerhead that uses less water, you’re saving in two different ways.

First, you’re saving water, because the showerhead uses less of it. Duh, right?

Second, you’re also saving on your energy bill! It takes energy to make hot water, and I’m betting that you usually take a hot shower. Whether or not you have a gas or electric water heater, you’ll be using less hot water when you use a water saving showerhead, and that will help with your gas or electric bill.

And there’s the added benefit that your hot water lasts longer, which is important for homes with teenagers, or just several family members who all need to take a shower at the same time in the morning.

Anyone used one of these yet? I use a different brand of efficient showerhead, which I like.

Andrea Gafford April 20, 2011 at 8:11 am

I have used a Speakman low-flow showerhead and it’s amazing even though the gallons per minute are reduced, it does not make a huge difference to the water pressure!!

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