Did you know that the average American shower lasts eight minutes but counts as the third largest source of water use in most U.S. homes?  According to the EPA, toilets and washing machines rank first and second, respectively.

Since saving money is at the top of most homeowners’ lists – and water conservation is gaining traction – there are some steps people can take to get the most out of their showers no matter if they’re getting clean, relaxing or reinvigorating.

1.  Shower head:  New technologies are giving manufacturers the freedom to design and deliver shower heads with lower flow rates that don’t skimp on water pressure. From the hansgrohe Croma to the Grohe Tempesta and Kohler Katalyst, satisfaction with water pressure remains high while saving water and money on water bills.

2. Hard water: Most Americans live in a hard water area so it’s important to take care of your shower head so it doesn’t get clogged with the minerals hard water leaves behind. Periodically remove the shower head from the arm and soak it in a vinegar and water solution, or fill a plastic bag with vinegar and water and attach the bag to the shower arm with a rubber band. Keeping nozzles free-flowing reduces the amount of water wasted in longer showers.

3. Update old fixtures: Turning an existing shower in to a spa-like experience no longer means tearing up the wall behind the faucet. Both Kohler and Grohe offer high-end retro-fit kits that can be installed with existing plumbing. Not only do the kits look great and install easily, they’re also designed to conserve water without compromising performance. Homeowners save time and money upfront and for several years to come as well.