In 2022, the words shower and luxury go hand-in-hand. Modern homes' new shower systems emulate a spa-like experience with multiple shower head faucets, deep walk-in caves, and custom-designed accessories like seating. Modern bathrooms provide an everyday escape for common people.

However, it really wasn't that long ago that just the very act of getting clean was a luxury. In fact, it wasn't until the 1980's that most homes became equipped with showers. Here is a brief history of the development of showering and energy-efficient showering systems.

Bathing Throughout History

If we travel back to our caveman dwelling years, bathing was accomplished with natural elements. Nature provided our showers with waterfalls and streams. Can you imagine getting clean in December? Throughout modernization, improvements were made, though ever so slight.

Egyptians aided each other by pouring jugs of water over one another's heads, which kind of emulated a shower experience. With the development of sewer systems came public bathhouses where everyone shared the same dirty water.

It wasn't until 1767 that the first shower-like contraption was conceived by a stove-maker named William Feetham. Feetham's design took showering down to a one-person act (though servants had to fill the water tanks). Despite being a stove-maker, this initial shower lacked hot water and still circulated already used water. Not surprisingly, this system didn't catch on.

Finally, in 1870, Dr. Mary Delabost put particular emphasis on clean water being more hygienic, and with the introduction of indoor plumbing, showers were born. Electric showers were the first development to provide bathers with the experience of hot water. These early showers used a heating element and cords to deliver bathers with hot water. However, there were issues with water flow and safety in this design.

It wasn't until the 1980's that showering manufacturers responded to produce more efficient shower heads and jets for luxury indoor shower experiences. Since then, we've continued developing the modern shower with energy efficiency.

Showering is notoriously more water-conscious than bathing, with showering requiring half the water consumption that bathing does, making it already more energy efficient. Shower heads continue to evolve, providing a luxury bathing experience with low-flow, high-pressure systems available, so consumers don't have to compromise to conserve.

Finally, Luxury Experiences for All

In 2022, we’re all more concerned about our economic imprint on the globe. Though almost all homes in the developed world are equipped with modern showers, some showers are more efficient than others. If you’re already undergoing a shower remodel, modern technology has made getting an energy-efficient shower available to all (thankfully, nobody is pouring jugs over each other anymore). Some shower replacements can even be installed in one day, making it easier and more convenient to conserve water and money while adding that luxury spa-like experience to your home. Legacy Remodeling has more than 30 years of industry experience in luxury bath remodels. Grab a free bathroom remodeling estimate today.