We would like to reduce our water bills, but we don't like the idea of water-flow restrictors. Can you provide us with any advice?
Low-flow showerheads and aerators can save a considerable amount of money, both in water use and in energy needed to heat water. Newer components can cut water consumption for showering by 30% while still providing a strong spray. Aerators on faucets also can save you money without noticeably reducing water pressure or flow.
If you have an older showerhead it is probably delivering five or six gallons of water, or more, per minute. Current models are designed to meet new government water conservation standards of less than half that amount. Keeping this in mind, it would also be beneficial for you to replace older toilets with newer, low-flush models for additional savings.
Buying a low-flow showerhead will give you both energy and water savings that can pay back their cost in about three or four months. Pass up lower-quality, cheaper model showerheads to avoid the weak spray that you are afraid of and won't be satisfied with.
The biggest water savings can be from stopping even the smallest leak in your plumbing system. If any of your fixtures, appliances or toilets are leaking, fix them immediately. The smallest drips can add up to big water waste, compounded by wasted energy if hot water is leaking.