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The Waitek Shower Monitor is a timer that activates automatically when the water is turned on, and then after a predesignated time limit between five and eight minutes, it starts emanating an annoying honk that can be heard all over the house. The only way to turn off that beeper is to turn off the water for at least two minutes. It has an LED readout that shows you how much time you have left as well as the temperature of the water.

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Sure, water is cheap, but it can start getting expensive to heat that water. Shower Monitor's makers say that the average family can save $24 a month by limiting their showers to eight minutes each. But then, taking a nice long hot shower, one of the simple pleasures of life, is eliminated.

On one hand, this could be an excellent device in an apartment with a very small water heater and lots of shower hogs. On the dark side, it's yet another tool for fascist parents to have one more element of control over everyone's lives in the house. Plus, who won't go right up against that time limit? Then there will be an annoying beeping noise happening in your house every single day. If it's worth it to you, it's $110.

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Product Page [Waitek, Ltd.] Thanks, Richard!

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