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Old 12-10-2015, 09:14 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Hot Water Saver - Evolve Ladybug

For those who tend to turn on the hot shower and do something else while waiting for the hot water to arrive, I've found a great little product that helps avoid wasting hot water. I've installed and tested one in our home, and and so pleased with it that I intend to install one in the Airstream. Although the volume of cold water in the lines is less in the Airstream, and we are much more careful about conserving water than at home, I think this will still save enough water and propane to be worthwhile.

Here's the description from Amazon.

"Attach the Evolve Polished Chrome Ladybug Adapter to your showerhead and you'll start saving water and energy while making your mornings more convenient. Instead of conserving water while you're taking a shower, the ladybug's showerStart technology saves the hot water that's wasted before you actually get in. The result - save time, hot water, energy and money without giving up a single thing. How it works: When you turn on the hot water and the cold water runs out, you can multi-task while waiting without wasting hot water. You can shave, brush teeth, use washroom, make bed, grab phone, start coffee etc while waiting for your shower to get warm. The ladybug cuts flow to a trickle once water is warm so it's not running down the drain while you're away. The flow is lowered to a trickle when water reaches bathing temperature, and the water stops to a trickle. That "drip, drip" lets you know your shower's warm and waiting. It's that simple.

Evolve Showerheads SS-1002CP-SB Ladybug Water-Saving Shower-Head Adapter, Chrome Polish - Fixed Showerheads - Amazon.com
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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So all this does is allow the water to run until it senses warm water then shuts it off to a trickle?

Its the cold water that gets wasted. Once my home's shower warms up within 15 seconds I get in and take a shower.

In the Airstream I have a shower head with an on/off button. If boondocking I'd run the shower water into a small bucket until hot water comes through to use the cold water for kitchen or toilet.

I don't see the need for this device.

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Old 12-10-2015, 09:32 AM   #3
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I agree, I stand there waiting for the water to warm up before jumping in. I hate all of the cold water down the drain waiting for the warm water in the shower.
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I'm with Kelvin on this one....interesting concept though.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:40 AM   #5
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If you read the first sentence of my post, my recommendation was not directed toward such diligent souls as yourselves. If the shoe doesn't fit, don't wear it.
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:02 AM   #6
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No, I get it...my personal habits are that I use the cold initial water to wash "less temperature sensitive" body parts like legs and feet, then when hot water starts flowing, I move on. Now if this unit magically heated the first drop of water....that'd be cool.
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:12 AM   #7
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My son told me about these after a trip to Kenya, he said they work.

No wasted water, truly "point of use".


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Yeah, but how about that professional install. I'm sure that meets code.....
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He also said that more than a few people get electrocuted by these every year...


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Available in the US too!

iHeat AHSH2500 Hot Spot Electric Tankless Shower Head 120 Volts https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MRZCCJ8..._F2AAwbPMBJF77


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I used one of these when I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica. I was kind of nervous using it the first few times expecting to get a shock, but it worked fine despite the dubious wiring.
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Old 12-10-2015, 02:19 PM   #14
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Hardly the solution for an RV, but you can install a small pump under the sink at the end of a long run, that circulates water from the HW tank back through the cold water line intil it senses the hot water. Basically requires that you switch it on and wait for the HW to get to the pump at which point it shuts off and HW is now up to the bathroom. Really great idea for a situation that takes 2 or 3 minutes to get HW through the lines
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