Randy Sonderhouse says he knows how easy it is to waste time —- and water —- in the shower. After his wife noticed he was taking unusually long showers, the Murrieta resident decided to invent a solution.
That solution, a water-proof alarm timer Sonderhouse designed, the Shower Professor, is now for sale for $10.
Sonderhouse said the device has helped him reduce his shower time from 15 or 20 minutes down to just 5 minutes. That saves about 25 gallons of water per day, he estimates, as well as the energy used to heat the water.
“The device changes behavior because your time is right in front of you,” Sonderhouse said.
The Shower Professor is made to be simple, Sonderhouse said. It has a digital screen and four buttons. Three buttons are for shower times: 5 minutes, 7 minutes, and 10 minutes. The fourth gives you an extra minute.
Five seconds before the time is up, the alarm goes off —- audible but not annoying, Sonderhouse said.