Are you someone who turns on the shower in the morning and walks away so you can return to a warm shower? You're not alone, but you're wasting a ton of water. On average, about 2.5 gallons of water goes down the drain; even more if you're not diligent about returning immediately when the water turns warm. One way to save money and water is to install the kind of thermostatic shut-off valve that is gaining popularity in states like California. Essentially, it lets cold water flow from the showerhead, then automatically shuts off when hot water starts to flow. When you hear the water turn off, you know it's ready for a hot shower.
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