Make a splash and still save cash
By restricting how long you and your family spend in the shower you will not only reduce teenage screaming fits and arguments on the landing, but also your yearly utilities bill by up to $1,000, according to US firm The Shower Manager.Its new Shower Timers products were developed by parents for parents to stop their teens taking excessively long showers, but have also been embraced by individuals looking to be more green conscious. The devices allow a user to limit their showering time to 5, 8 or 11 minutes, saving resources and ensuring everyone in the household has an equal time in the showerâ€¦ and share of the hot water. The battery powered units are easily fitted and are designed to fit neatly between the wall and the showerhead. During the allocated time, which is set using a security key, the shower has a full flow of water. However, after this time the unit cuts the water flow by two-thirds, just enough to finish rinsing off, with this amount continuing until the water is turned off at the taps. Once the water is turned off, a five-minute reset time interval prevents full-flow showering as the unit remains in low-flow to prevent the shower taker from overriding the system. When this five-minute interval expires, the unit will allow a full-flow of water. A magnetic sensor sets the time intervals and locks them in. A beeper alerts the bather 60-seconds before unit advances to low-flow or conservation mode.