TIP 2: Install a Low-flow Shower HeadTaking shorter showers is one way to cut down on excess water use -- they say you really only need to be in there for 5 minutes anyway -- but if you're someone who likes to linger, then you should consider installing a low-flow showerhead. A typical shower head will use anywhere between 5 to 8 gallons of water per minute, while a low-flow head will bring that down to 2.5 gallons or less, all without sacrificing water pressure.
By installing low-flow showerheads, you'll be saving in two ways: 1. The amount of water you use while showering; and 2. The amount of energy you are using to heat your water. Manufacturers of low-flow showerheads claim that an average family will save hundreds of dollars annually by making this simple change. Better yet, this is a very inexpensive upgrade, and installation is easy and should require no more than a wrench, a little PTFE tape and 10 minutes of your time.
We also recommend finding a shower head with a water filter built-in, especially if you have hard water (we like the Culligan WSH C125). Like any water filter, it will remove impurities, chlorine or other chemicals, and the potential health problems that these things harbor for both the skin and your respiratory system. Filters will also curb the drying effects of chlorine (your skin and hair will become softer and healthier!) and make cleaning residue in your shower much easier. If you already have a low-flow showerhead installed, you can simply upgrade your current system by adding an attachment filter like this one here.