Water is one of the most basic of all needs. We cannot live for more than a few days without it. And yet, for those of us lucky enough to have clean, drinkable water flowing from our taps, it is so easy to take it for granted. We are not even aware of how much we waste. In southern California we are suffering an exceptional drought. Lakes and reservoirs are drying up before our eyes. Bathroom remodel ideas that can save this most precious of commodities are worth considering.


Think of how much water flows down the drain while you wait for your shower to heat up. Bathroom designers and innovators are creating bathroom remodel ideas that save water in a variety of ways. A very simple thermostat gadget called Showerstart TSV by Evolve Technologies can save gallons of water. It is installed onto your showerhead and allows the water to run until it reaches 95 degrees, at which point it cuts the flow to a trickle, thus saving hot water until you are ready. Once you get in, there is a tab that you pull to resume full flow and enjoy your shower.


Now you might think that you could simply wait by the shower, test it with your hand and when the water changes from cold to hot, step in and enjoy, no gadget required. However studies show that there is a thing called Behavioral Waste. Lawrence Berkeley National Labs produced a white paper called “Disaggregating Residential Shower Warm-Up Waste; an Understanding and Quantification of Behavioral Waste.” It is 52 pages long! The study initially monitored 19 California homes and 283 “unique shower events.”


In a nutshell, it turns out that it is very common for people to start doing something else while the water is running. They brush their teeth, use the restroom, select their wardrobe for the day and in the meantime water is being unintentionally wasted. If you like to multitask as part of your shower warm-up routine, this gadget can help you save water without having to change your habits. Showerstart is WaterSense certified. Evolve Technologies LLC, Scottsdale, AZ