Plumber: High-efficiency shower power

Q: Ed: As our children grow up, our water bills are also growing. To lower water usage, I plan to change the showerheads in both bathrooms to new high-efficiency models. What performance options do you recommend for water-saving heads?

-- Jack, Ohio

A: High-efficiency showerheads are a good idea for any bathroom and can save even more water than standard showerheads.

Some areas may require only installing high-efficiency showerheads. So check your local water use requirements to make sure the new showerheads meet or beat local guidelines and/or codes.

Plumber: High-efficiency shower power

This question brings up a good point as far as high-efficiency showerhead performance. Since these showerheads can have a lower gallon per minute (GPM) flow rate, it's important to get the most you can out of every drop of water.

For performance features I like showerheads that include the following:

• A wide nozzle pattern for better body coverage

• Easy-to-clean flexible water jets to cut down on water deposits

• Built-in "air-induction" technology

Infusing air into the water flow can blow you away with a nice water-saving sensory experience!

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or write [email protected] Always consult local contractors and codes.