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Kevin MyersBy Kevin Myers
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Kevin MyersBy Kevin Myers
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About

Save Water, Save Energy, Save Money  

Get the ShowerSaver

The ShowerSaver is the first device ever created to let you know how long you have been in the shower and how many gallons of water you’ve used, allowing you to make the green decision every time you shower.

Press

We are happy to see that the ShowerSaver is making it rounds in the media! The more people we can share our vision with the better! In addition to several diverse blogs and periodicals, listen for the ShowerSaver on the radio. If you are in LA, listen for Kevin on the Hill and Dale show, Dec. 4th at 4:30PST.

Grass Roots

A BIG thanks to all of you who have supported us through social media - each and every post or Tweet really makes a difference! Let's make the ShowerSaver a reality!!

Why choose the ShowerSaver?

The ShowerSaver was designed with you in mind. We realize that for many people, their daily shower is more than just a chore, it is a place to relax, unwind, or for some of us, a place to belt out some tunes. Unlike other products, the ShowerSaver will never cut off your water flow and won't produce annoying sounds or flashes of light, it simply provides you with the information you need to be more aware of your impact, allowing you to make the green decision. Simply put, the ShowerSaver puts the power in your hands.

Water Facts

The earth has A LOT of water. In fact, roughly 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. But what most people don’t know is that only 2.5% of this is fresh water, and of that 2.5%, only 1% is readily available for consumption.  While the average American only needs to walk a few feet to get to a fresh water source, a rural African woman may need to walk up to 10 miles to access clean water. Think how much water you would have to drink just to stay hydrated for that trip!  As a result, the average person in developing countries uses 2.5 gallons per day versus over 100 gallons for Americans. Imagine using up your full days’ worth of water in the first minute of your shower?

Saving Money = Saving the Planet

Water scarcity is a global problem, not just one found in developing countries. In fact, many US states use an estimated 80% of their fresh water resources annually, leaving little room for population growth and times of drought. As a result, and unbeknownst to most Americans, water rates are rising rapidly in the US. A recent study of 100 large US cities found that one in four places experienced a doubling of water rates over the past decade, with some cities tripling in prices.

Rapidly Rising Water Rates
Rapidly Rising Water Rates

With the average American using over 30 gallons of water for their daily shower, just a one-minute reduction in shower time would save you 1,000 to 2,000 gallons in a year. Depending on your cost of water and fossil fuels to heat that water, you could save an additional $15 to $45 per year. That means an average family of four would save over $100 per year, with some saving double that amount. Keep in mind that's just a savings of one minute per shower- imagine the savings for those who take 20 or even 30 minute showers! Not only will you be making a huge positive impact on the environment with no real effort, but you will be saving your hard earned money in the process.

Education

In addition to the significant environmental and cost savings benefits, the ShowerSaver is a great tool to help educate children at a young age about the growing water scarcity issue and the importance of conservation. Thanks to a highly portable design, the ShowerSaver can easily be moved to reach the level of younger children, allowing them to benefit from all of the features as would any adult. 

How it works

The ShowerSaver has a unique auto-start feature, which means you never have to worry about remembering to turn it on or off.  Simply step into the shower and let the ShowerSaver do the rest. It works by using a special infra-red sensor that knows to start as soon as it picks up your body heat. The ShowerSaver’s intuitive design also makes it simple to read while you're in the shower. As your shower progresses, a virtual water level rises in the center of the display, making it easy to track your progress. In addition, the green, yellow, and red graphics act just like a stop-light, letting you know if you've been in there a little too long.

Installation

Another great feature of the ShowerSaver is ease of installation. There is no replacing the shower head and no cutting into walls or pipes. Simply affix the cradle to the shower wall at an optimal viewing height and allow the water resistant seal to set for 1 hour. Next, follow the easy flow rate calibration and enter the date into the ShowerSaver (instructions provided with the device). Additional cradles can be used to accommodate significant differences in height.  

How do I Calibrate the ShowerSaver?

Calibration is simple and can be done with both liters and gallons. Your goal is to figure out how much water flows out of your shower-head in one minute. All you need is a container of known volume (say a half-gallon iced tea pitcher) and a timer. Simply hold the container under the shower head and time how long it takes to fill. In this case, if your half gallon container fills in 15 seconds, we know it would take four of those containers (or 2 gallons) per every 60 seconds. As such, your flow rate would be 2 gallons per minute which you can now easily program into the ShowerSaver.   

Project Background  

I first conceived the concept of the ShowerSaver way back in 2007, when after a cold winter's run, I found myself showering for way too long. I didn't know how long, but long enough to realize that I had wasted a lot of water. It bothered me that it was so easy for me to waste all of that water when so many people in the world don’t even have access to clean drinking water (the number is actually over 1 billion!) It wasn't ill intent on my part, just a total lack of awareness. That’s when it hit me. Why not make a simple and easy-to-use device that lets you know when you've been in the shower too long?

Early Prototypes

Armed with my not so helpful degree in finance and little funding, I struck out to build my dream product. "How hard could it be?" I thought. 

I hired a team of overseas engineers and product designers to work on some designs and build some prototypes. Unhappy with early prototypes, I went through several engineers until I found just the right prototype, matching the quality, ease of use, and durability needed for this innovative device. Through this iterative process, we learned that it's crucial to incorporate psychological cues into the design to encourage people to reduce their shower time. Also, we discovered that the auto start feature was important so that people didn't have to remember to start the device each time they showered.

Current Design

Our latest prototype is the product of an arduous process, sporting various functional features which help raise awareness and lower shower time. In addition to the original concept of providing real time data on shower time and water volume used, this design goes a step further by providing several psychological cues such as: 1) visual representation of water used when showering, 2) red, yellow, and green color coding to mimic traffic signals, and 3) raised profile of device to increase viability of the device when showering. With your support, we can get this manufactured and turn this prototype into a sleeker and more polished finished product!

The Guts- Inside the ShowerSaver

Aside from aesthetics and functionality, we engineered the ShowerSaver to be high quality but also low cost, to align with our vision of getting this to as many people as possible. As you can see from the inside views above, the main components of the device include an LCD screen, a microprocessor, an infrared sensor/receiver, and a removable back panel to accommodate standard AA batteries.

Where we are now 

We have come a long way from those original prototypes. In fact, even the latest models that you see in the video and campaign material have been built, tested, and engineered several times over, each time making a better ShowerSaver for you.

Now, we finally have a product that's ready to manufacture which is why we are coming to Kickstarter! We’ve searched the globe to find the best balance of low-cost and high-quality manufacturing, and we are ready to make out first large production run so we can get this amazing product out to the world.

Where you come in

With your support, we can bring the ShowerSaver to the world at an affordable cost. Not only will your funds help create the custom tooling and industrial molds required for production, but more importantly we will be able to establish a relationship with the manufacturer, which will enable high quality parts and craftsmanship and sustainable production. This Kickstarter represents the crucial point of bringing our finished prototype to scale.  Both I and the the planet thank you!

Manufacturing Timeline 

In order to ensure a smooth initial production run, this summer we ordered 10 test units from our manufacturer. This dry-run enabled us to test the technical and logistical capabilities of the manufacturer. Based on our progress and assessment of the firm, we have provided a timeline of our past and future key dates:  

7/22/13 - Test units ordered. Engineering files sent. 

7/30/13 - Q&A between factory and GSH begins. Questions range from degree of draft angle to proper direction of circuitry.

8/7/13 - PCB completed. Waiting for various electrical components.

9/15/13 - First test unit completed. Delay driven by longer than expected microprocessor programming by GSH. Test program by manufacturer is successful. 

10/1/13 - Functionality is sound. Ascetic changes to artwork requested.

10/15/13- Test unit approved. Remaining units to be completed and sent to GSH.

FUTURE-  

1/15/14 - Bulk production starts 

3/30/14 - Full delivery of production units  

University Study

Thanks to the psychological aspects incorporated into the design, a major University plans to conduct a fully independent study of the ShowerSaver to measure its effects on behavior. Set to take place this Fall at a major international hotel chain, we are proud that the ShowerSaver will hep further academic research while also potentially helping the University meet their aggressive sustainability initiatives.

Product Specs & Features:

  • Shower time and volume are displayed in real-time
  • Automatic start/stop allows for seamless operation
  • Quick installation, operates independent of plumbing/shower head
  • Aluminium cradle allows for easy removal for cleaning
  • Ability to pre-set maximum shower time or water usage
  • Dimensions: 3" x 5" x 1.25"
  • Powered by 2 standard AA batteries
  • Water resistant

About Green Starts Here

Founded on the back of our first product the ShowerSaver, Green Starts Here designs products that empower individuals to incorporate green decisions into their daily lives.  We believe that reducing our impact on the environmental doesn't have to be difficult.  As a global community, we can make small decisions today that together create a powerful difference toward a better planet.  

Risks and challenges

There are several challenges that could factor into the production of the first mass produced series. Working with a factory there can be myriad issues ranging from component shortages and labor shortages to shipping delays and even quality issues. We have been working tirelessly for the past year to source the components and to assemble them with only the best quality, while still maintaining a competitive price. We are excited to share this dream come true with you!

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