Save a Buck: Free showerhead can help cut your water bill

Awash with savings: You might say it’s just a drop in the bucket, but every bit of savings helps.

Four Puget Sound-area utilities — including Snohomish County PUD and Puget Sound Energy — are offering their customers free high-efficiency shower heads.

The two-gallon per minute shower heads can reduce household water consumption by up to 20 percent.

Besides lowering water bills — for those on metered water — using less water in the shower also reduces the amount of electricity or natural gas that you use to heat water.

The average house can save about $10 to $15 with the shower heads, said Rebekah Anderson, a spokeswoman for Puget Sound Energy.

That could add up to more than $10 million in combined savings in the region.

To look at it another way, she said if all 871,000 customers of participating utilities cut their water consumption by 20 percent, they’d save 17 million gallons of water each day.

Since the program launched in July, the utilities say they’re getting 3,000 shower head requests per week.

More information: Go to www.showerheadprogram.com or call 888-404-8773.

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