A Water and Energy Saving Showerhead

A water and energy saving showerhead makes a difference in energy expenditure, saves money for the homeowners and is good for the planet.

Water and energy saving showerheads are more efficient than traditional showerheads.

Water and energy saving showerheads are more efficient than traditional showerheads.

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A water and energy saving showerhead saves energy and money for homesteaders.

A Water and Energy Saving Showerhead

In their never-ending pursuit of energy savings, Buck Valle and the other good folks at SEE, Inc. recently tested a unique new shower head called the "SaverShower". And the gadget, they found, immediately reduced their hot water consumption so dramatically . . . that SEE, Inc. has acquired a dealership for the whole line of "Saver" fixtures and is now pushing them just as zestfully as the firm promotes its energy-conserving houses.

In fact, Buck Valle made a special trip all the way from SEE, Inc.'s home base of Columbus, Ohio to MOTHER'S offices in Hendersonville, North Carolina a few days ago . . . just to tell this magazine's editors about this rather amazing energy- and water-saving (and sewage-reducing) device.

As Buck pointed out: "Few families yet realize the almost unbelievable amount of money the typical household shells out every year for hot water. Which, in turn, makes it a little difficult sometimes to understand just how much one of these simple $12.95 shower heads can shave off the average annual electric bill. Believe it or not, though, our tests have shown us that those savings can easily add up to $120 a year. That's nearly a 1,000 return on your investment every 12 months!"

Buck then went on to explain how this rather incredible savings is made possible. "Water typically flows from a conventional shower head at the rate of eight to ten gallons per minute. Leave that shower running for 10 minutes or more, and you've just used 100 gallons of water . . . much of it heated. The average rate of flow from a SaverShower head, on the other hand, is only 2.2 gallons per minute. Let it run for the same length of time . . . and you've cut your water and water-heating bill for the bath by at least 60 %."

"Yes, but . . . " we immediately yes-butted, "it looks to us as if you'll also cut your skintingling enjoyment of the shower by at least the same 60%. And it also seems logical to suppose that — to get clean — you'll probably have to stay under the spray at least 60% longer."

Well sir, there was only one way Buck could cap the discussion . . . and he had it at his fingertips. Digging into his pocket, he pulled out two SaverShowers and said. "Here. Test 'em yourself. Get a gallon container and a watch or clock with a second hand and see how quickly your present shower head fills the bucket. Next, install a SaverShower and time it. Then bathe with the thing and you tell me whether or not you find the bath satisfying and how long it takes you to get clean."

Two of MOTHER's people — Emerson Smyers and Roger Hoffmann (sweaty Roger, the guy who runs 12 miles a day) — accepted the challenge. Both took a SaverShower home, both tried the gizmo, and both reported: The shower felt great . . . every bit as refreshing as before the installation. And, while it took the same amount of time as usual to get clean, the SaverShower bath definitely consumed a lot less water."

But don't take Roger's and Emerson's word for it: Get your own SaverShower and see for yourself. A deluxe head is available for $12.95, a standard model for $9.95, and a sink aerator (which will allow you to save in the kitchen too) sells for $1.95 from Solar-Earth Energy, Inc., Dept. TMEN, 1695 Kenny Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43212. Include an additional 75¢ (shipping and handling) for each shower head or aerator you order and tell 'em MOTHER sent you.

And Roger and Emerson, you can bring back the test SaverShowers now. Roger . . . Emerson. Hey, you guys! Remember those shower heads that we gave you to test? Roger . . . Emerson?

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