The Shower Manager
After writing my article on teen money mistakes and talking about my discussion with my oldest son about his long shower and how much water costs it made a difference. I’ve noticed him taking shorter showers. Still not as short as I would like, but shorter. Unfortunately, my 2nd son seems to now be the guilty of the long shower syndrome as well.
I don’t believe they take long showers intentionally. After some talks with them, they don’t really realize how long they’re in there, especially in the morning when they are half asleep. I decided I needed some type of timer or solution to help remind them when a reasonable amount of time was up. So off to Google I went.
The Shower Manager
I started searching for a solution and after a few minutes came across The Shower Manager. The Shower Manager is an automatic shower timer that limits shower times automatically. After a configurable amount of time, The Shower Manager cuts the water flow to just above a trickle. In the picture to the right, The Shower Manager is the round white device just above the shower head. It looks just like a water filter.
Shower times are configurable to 3 settings: 5, 8, and 11 minutes. Prior to the configured shower time arriving, The Shower Manager begins beeping providing a warning that the shower time is almost up. One minute following the beep, the water flow is constricted to just enough to rinse if needed, but significantly enough to fully remind the bather the shower is over.
Installing The Shower Manager
Installation is incredibly simple and took me all of 5 minutes (2 minutes of that was finding my pliers). The Shower Manager installs onto your shower’s water supply where the shower head is normally installed. You then screw the shower head onto The Shower Manager.
The instructions were clear, easy to follow and simple. They are literally printed on a single side of a normal size sheet of paper. Very well done.
Configuring The Shower Manager
This was the coolest part of the whole device. To set the time internal for your showers, The Shower Manager comes with a special magnetic key. When the key is placed in exactly the right position on the device the Shower Manager beeps. 1 Beep = 5 minutes, 2 Beeps = 8 minutes, and 3 Beeps = 11 minutes.
The makers of The Shower Manager recommend starting at 11 minutes first then moving to 8 followed by 5 to allow an adjustment period. I set mine to 8 minutes initially.
I am very happy with the device so far. The best part is the loud “Uhhhgggg” I hear from my 13 year old when The Shower Manager starts beeping. Of course he doesn’t like it much, but it brings a smile to my face every single time. I plan to keep tabs on my water bill over the next month or two and let you know exactly how much money it saves me.
At $114.99, the price is a little up there, but I can honestly see it saving far more money in water savings alone over the long haul. The Shower Manager is a well designed and built device and given that the price tag isn’t unreasonable.
If you’re looking for a way to cut back on your kids shower time or just make your family more eco-friendly by taking shorter showers, I highly recommend The Shower Manager. The Shower Manager was also featured on HGTV and you can watch the video here.
This article is part of an ongoing series called Money Saving Monday. Each Monday, I share tips and techniques you can use to start saving money.