A showerhead is a relatively inexpensive item. Basic showerheads cost less than $5 and prices go up depending on the features you desire. A good quality massaging showerhead will cost $20 - $35. All showerheads manufactured in the U.S. must use 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) or less.
The water, wastewater, and energy saving benefits you get from installing a new showerhead is primarily determined by your current showerhead. If you have a high flow showerhead – say 5 gpm or more – you will probably pay for your new showerhead out of water, wastewater and energy savings in one year or less. However, research has shown that these high flow showerheads are not that common anymore.
A showerhead from Niagara Conservation.
Photo source: City of Roanoke, VA
Accessed September 5, 2003, by permission.
If you are looking for inexpensive ways to save water, a showerhead isn’t a bad bet and you may save a little on your energy bill as well. But don’t expect the same level of water savings that you might achieve from replacing an old inefficient toilet.