By Evan Ackerman
If you’ve ever taken a shower, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of having to wait for the water to warm itself up to a tolerable temperature. Perhaps you get so frustrated that you go and brush your teeth in the interim, smugly returning a few minutes later to a toasty warm shower. But what about all that wasted water, huh? And the wasted energy heating that water? And the wasted money? Not feeling so smug now, are we? The ShowerStart hot water saver claims to save (over the course of one year) 2,500 gallons of water and $75 in heating costs for an average family of 3, by automatically turning your shower off as soon as the water warms up. Flick the switch on the ShowerStart when you’re ready to go, and you’ll get hot water instantly. It mounts just behind your shower head, so you won’t even notice it’s there.
Essentially, the ShowerStart works like a flourescent lightbulb as opposed to an incandescent light bulb. For a small up front cost and a little bit of inconvenience, you save money and energy in the long run. Does it make sense? Absolutely. Am I going to buy one? Probably not, because I’m just that lazy.