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Looking for a Comfortable Low-Flow Shower Experience

May/June 2009
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2009 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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May 06, 2009
 Q. John Koeller notes how the plumbing industry has taken advantage of the lack of any prohibition against multiple head and body spray luxury shower installations resulting in many very high flow installations (“Danger in the Shower: 2008 Forum Looks at Hot Water,” HE Jan/Feb ’09, p. 6). My own theory is that consumers want these systems primarily to get and stay warm in their oversized and unheated showers. If we add radiant heat to the floor, three walls, and even the ceiling, they will be very comfortable right away and be happy with less water over a shorter period of time. GARY KLEIN has been involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy since 1973. After 19 years with the California Energy Commission, his new firm, Affiliated International Management LLC, provides consulting on sustainability through their international team of affiliates. He has a passion for hot water: getting into it, getting out of it and efficiently delivering it to meet customer’s needs. For electric radiant panels in the shower to be effective, they would have to be 15 watts per square foot times, say, 36 square feet of panel. So 540 watts for 30 minutes would be around 270 watt-hours or 5¢–6&...

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