Implemented Projects

Shower Water Reduction Project

Shower Water Reduction Project

Project Statement

The incentive of a community-based initiative to reduce resource consumption on campus goes beyond that of purely economic in nature. Encouraging sustainable lifestyle habits via the implementation of appropriately designed and user interactive projects has the potential for wide-scale impact with a high degree of longevity. It is with this design objective in the mind, that the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (H.E.I.F) shower water reduction team has structured this project. Essentially, our project is the equivalent of a pilot study intended to test the effectiveness of the available shower reduction hardware technologies on the market, in a dormitory setting. Three technologies have been selected, based on the research conducted by the H.E.I.F. shower water reduction team.

Selected Technologies

The three selected technologies are the Amphiro B1 connect, the Evolve showerstart TSV, and the Hydrao shower Aloe. The Amphiro b1 connect is an inflow water meter that provides real-time feedback via a display screen of the user’s water consumption. The Evolve showerstart TSV is a mechanical device that utilizes a thermostatic shutoff valve to eliminate the hot water wasted in the period between the shower reaching temperature and the user beginning their shower. The Hydrao shower Aloe is a smart shower water tracking device that indicates shower water consumption with lighted color regime incorporated into the shower head.

 

Amphiro b1 connect

 

Evolve showerstart TSV

 

Hydrao Shower Aloe

Anticipated Results

The desired outcome of this project is to analyze collected data and identify which tested device fosters the most effective and consistent shower resource reduction. Student device preference will also be considered; however, resource reduction remains paramount in device choice. Once the most effective device is identified the next step is campus implementation on a large scale in hopes to reduce HSU’s water and energy consumption.