Oxygenics was kind enough to send us their new STORM showerhead, which was designed to provide 20%-70% water and energy savings. The unit has 54 spray nozzles that shower you with 30% more water pressure compared to other brands. They do this with their Pressure Boosting Technology (see below), which squeezes the stream of water while adding air to it.
Water and energy are connected, and if you're adopting strategies to use less hot water, you're going to save some energy. I haven't been able to see how the STORM is affecting my energy and water bills, but I'm confident that the showerhead is making a decent contribution.
I've attached a video for your Friday viewing pleasure. This video is completely undoctored, so you should be able to compare my basic, old showerhead with the new STORM.
After recording the old and the new showerheads, I realized that a black background would have helped, but even if you can't see the water that clearly, the stream feels just about the same to me. Or I can't feel a difference.
What is different, however, is the noise. The STORM actually feels like you're in a crazy Texas storm! It's kind of loud. It is what it is, and I like it. Like most showerheads, the installation was super simple, so no matter how technically challenged you are, you can install one of these. I didn't use any tools at all. Go grab one at:
Update: @greenspec points out that STORM's flowrate is 2.5 gallons per minute, which barely passes federal standards. To this, Oxygenics tells me that while other industry-standard showerheads flow at 2.5 gpm at 50 pounds per square inch, the STORM flows at 1.9 GPM at 50 PSI. So, in reality, the STORM flows at a max of 2.5 GPM.