1. Swap to an energy efficient shower head
In the UK, the average shower takes around 8 minutes and will use an estimated 60 litres of water. That may be less than a bath but even so, with prices from as little as about £5.00 an energy-efficient shower head could reduce the amount of water you use even further. When you're using less water, you need less energy to heat it.
There are two main types of energy-efficient shower heads, these are:
- Non-aerating shower heads work by forcing the water through smaller holes to produce a high-pressure flow with a vigorous 'massaging' effect.
- Aerating shower heads work by restricting the flow of water and mixing it with air. This makes the water appear to flow at the same volume as a normal shower head and results in a more gentle showering experience.
Pros and cons
A non-aerating shower head feels harder on the skin. Some people prefer a more vigorous shower but if you're not one of them, you might prefer an aerating shower head.
Although softer on the skin, an aerating shower head mixes room-temperature air with the water so you might find yourself turning the heat up to compensate. If you do, this can limit the savings you make so maybe taking shorter showers is the answer.