Some regions, especially those in drought-prone areas, have enacted stricter rules about water usage, of course. But what about the rest of us? Are there ways to take a "green" shower that will leave us invigorated instead of bitter?
Because it is hard to convince Americans to take less showers — or even shorter showers — companies have been busy developing new technologies to reduce water consumption without sabotaging water pressure. Some devices force air into the shower head, which aerates the water to maintain high pressure without as much water usage. The downside is that aerated shower heads may make hot water feel cooler, which could prompt you to use more hot water, driving up energy costs. Other devices save water by addressing that period of time you wait for your shower to warm up. The Evolve adaptor senses when the water is hot, then stops the water flow down to a trickle. When you're ready to get in, you pull a cord and water resumes.
We want to hear from you: Do you have a water-saving shower head? What brand is it? Are you satisfied? How's the pressure? Any changes to your bottom line?
(Image: Wes & Kayla Schwartz/ Katin & Brandon's North Shore Cape)