Five Things You Never Knew About Your Shower

GROHE shares what you might not know about your shower

Featured above, a new 25-inch Retro-Fit model, available with the water-saving New Tempesta Cosmopolitan hand shower and showerhead, for shower and tub combinations.
NEW YORK, N.Y., July 13, 2015 – You use it to get clean, refresh, relax or get invigorated, but how much do you really know about your shower? Did you know that the average shower lasts eight minutes in America, or that the shower is the third largest source of water use in the average American home? With conserving water and saving money and time becoming increasingly important to many people, here are the five most important things you should know about your shower from GROHE, the world’s leading single-brand manufacturer and supplier of kitchen and bath fittings:

1. Not all showerheads are created equal. Different showerheads emit water at different rates, and that “flow rate” affects how efficient a showerhead is – or isn’t. Federal law limits the maximum allowable flow rate to 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) for showerheads, but some have even lower flow rates. The less water that comes out of the showerhead per minute, the less water that will get wasted down the drain. If your showerhead pre-dates 1980, it could be using more than 5 gpm.

Replacing a less efficient showerhead with one that has a lower flow rate, like the many GROHE showerheads and hand showers with EcoJoy technology, can save water and money – without sacrificing performance.

2. You can renovate a shower without tearing through the wall. Updating a shower can improve its efficiency and your shower experience, yet the potential need to open a bathroom wall may make you hesitate. “Shower renovations don’t have to require major re-plumbing,” said Cheryl Dixon, Head of Brand Trade and Marketing for GROHE. The GROHE Retro-Fit Shower System can be installed in less than an hour, connecting to your existing plumbing system without breaking the tile wall, and comes standard with a hand shower as well as a traditional showerhead. With three recently introduced models, the system makes it easy to renovate a shower and update a bathroom, even if you’re a renter who wants a quick and easy upgrade.
3. Thermostatic valves provide a customized, consistent shower. How much water goes down the shower drain while you’re waiting for the temperature to reach a comfortable level? “Adding a shower with a thermostatic valve not only ensures you’ll never again step into an icy shower stream or be surprised by a temperature fluctuation, it can also reduce the amount of water you use,” Dixon advises. GROHE’s GrohTherm 2000 thermostatic valve is a modern solution for both the bathtub and the shower, combining all the advantages of a thermostat with a perfect water experience. GrohTherm 2000 features GROHE CoolTouch® to avoid the risk of scalding, a functional tray for convenience and XL Waterfall for an aesthetic water flow. If you’re planning a bathroom renovation, a professional can easily install a thermostatic valve that will ensure water reaches the desired temperature sooner and stays at that temperature throughout your shower.
Featured above, the large and luxurious carriage house bathroom in the 2015 Kansas City Showhouse designed by Kathy Weiss, featuring the GROHE Rainshower® Allure showerhead.
4. Showers are growing. Bigger seems to be better when it comes to showers, and studies show that many people are significantly expanding the size of their showers during renovations. Larger showers are ideal places for relaxation and rejuvenation, and walk-in showers with oversize panes of glass, multiple water sources and oversize rainshowers are becoming increasingly popular.

“We’re seeing the oversize rainshower trend boom right now,” says Dixon. “GROHE offers many different rainshower styles in hand showers and showerheads that provide users with the spa-like shower experience they desire.”

5. Conserving water in the shower is good for your wallet and your soul. Water costs can vary widely depending on where you live in the country. No matter where you live, however, reducing the amount of water you use will decrease both your water bill and your utility bill (electric or gas, depending on which fuels your water heater). To calculate how much you could save, you first need to get a better idea of how much water you use. The USGS Water Science School offers a great online water use calculator. Once you know how much water you use, you can take steps to reduce consumption, including:
  • Installing more efficient showerheads. 
  • Reducing shower time to about five minutes.
  • Using technology such as thermostatic valves and digital controls to shower more efficiently. 
“Sustainability is a core principal during the design process at GROHE,” Dixon notes. “Between our water-saving technologies, faucets with adjustable flow rates and WaterSense products, we’re proud to be category leaders in that regard,” she concludes. Using less water is good for the environment, so you can feel positively about your water conservation efforts, all without losing any enjoyment of your shower experience.

To learn more about more efficient and enjoyable showering, visit www.grohe.com.
GROHE faucet and shower products are distributed in more than 180 countries and represent nearly 80 years of excellence in European design, innovation, engineering and quality.

GROHE America’s headquarters are in the heart of the Flatiron district and houses the GROHE Live! Center, an interactive showroom created for inspiration and collaboration.

The GROHE Group is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings, comprising Grohe AG, Hemer, Hamburg and other subsidiaries in foreign markets. With its global GROHE brand, the GROHE Group relies on its brand values quality, technology, design and responsibility to deliver “Pure Freude an Wasser”.

The GROHE Group was purchased by the LIXIL Group and the Development Bank of Japan in January 2014. The LIXIL Group is the global leader in the building materials and housing equipment industry.

For more information and to find local showrooms, please visit www.grohe.com/us or call 1-800-44-GROHE (47643).
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