ShowerStart, conveniently saves the water and energy used while waiting for the shower to become warm. With ShowerStart, a small thermostatic shut-off valve (TSV) is all that’s needed to save the resources your students don’t even realize they’re wasting. Better still, conservation occurs without changing shower feel, flow or even their morning routines.
Because it saves the hot water that’s used during the shower warm-up process, rather than taking water away from your students while they’re showering, ShowerStart is ideal for saving meaningful amounts of water and energy without installing low flow showerheads.
ShowerStart, available exclusively in evolve brand showerheads and bathing fixtures, is being deployed by housing officers across the country because of its nonintrusive yet highly effective method of water and energy conservation. It’s also the only solution capable of cost-effectively combating shower-based behavioral waste.
Behavioral waste occurs when bathers use their time comfortably and efficiently while waiting for hot water to reach the shower. Instead of patiently waiting for cold water to exit the showerhead most people leave to do something else.
Typical activities include brushing teeth, using the washroom and picking out clothes. Because bathing only begins after the tasks have been completed, countless gallons of hot water are unintentionally wasted at the start of every shower.
The key to implementing successful sustainability in the dorm room is identifying the changes students are willing to accept and educating them about the changes well in advance.
This is especially true when considering the use of low flow showerheads. Students are accustomed to taking long showers with high water pressures – like they did at home. Programs can run into difficulties when housing officers assume students will automatically embrace low flow fixture installations and understand the logic behind their adoption.
ShowerStart achieves its conservation results without lowering showerhead flow. Imagine how simple and satisfying a truly sustainable investment can be.
“Responses to environmentally friendly technology vary greatly. Students tend to be more than willing to adapt to some products — occupancy sensors and energy-efficient flat-screen computers — but are more hesitant with others, such as low-flow shower heads.”
– J. D.-Smith, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed.
Evolve Technologies has developed a convenient monitoring system to enable Housing Officers to accurately identify the return on investment associated with upgrading a dorm’s showerheads and eliminating behavioral waste. The program is conducted at no cost or obligation to you and results can be obtained in just a few weeks.