Did you know that the average shower uses just over 60 litres of water*? If you think that’s scary, then consider that the average bath uses a minimum of 100 litres of water*! It becomes quite clear that if going green is an objective of yours, then showering is the way forward.
Now, while choosing to have a shower over a bath will certainly stack up your ‘green points’, the type and technology of the shower is still critical. It can be difficult to know where to start, especially with companies offering everything from ‘eco shower heads’ to ‘flow restrictors’ and ‘showers with eco-settings’ – without hard facts, how do you know which features actually work, and which are just marketing gimmicks?
Shower Technology – Let’s Start With Digital
Digital Showers have made great advances when it comes to ‘greener showering’, or ‘eco-showers’. Our digital showers, for example, feature an eco-setting on the processor box. If you want a more eco-friendly shower, ask your plumber during installation to activate the eco-setting, and the water flow will be reduced by around 25%. The final water-saving will. of course, depending upon your specific plumbing system.
As well as the eco-benefits that come with digital showers, using them is a piece of cake too. A one touch, push button design means switching them on and off is unbelievably simple, so they’re great for children and the elderly who may otherwise struggle with complicated controls. The controller also has a ‘cool-touch’ feature to make sure it stays cool to the touch. Plus, the LED display on the shower’s control flashes to let you know the water is warming up. Once your perfect temperature has been reached the display turns steady to let you know it’s time to step in. That means no more chilly showers!
One thing to note with our digital showers when considering eco-showering is the ‘boost’ feature. This feature is specifically designed to give gravity-fed systems in particular a helping hand, but when used will override any ‘green’ showering that you were planning. So, using the boost button might be something best kept for occasional indulgences.
So, for a fantastic shower that ticks the eco boxes too, digital could be your best solution:
- Easy to install
- Compatible with virtually all types of home plumbing systems
- Simple to use
Electric Showers – Keen To Be Green
If installing a digital shower isn’t an option, but being green and saving water is still important, then how about an electric shower? Electric showers have come a long way, and the technology has never been better, safer, or more affordable. Plus, electric showers don’t place any demand on your household’s stored hot water, so there are energy savings to be had too. Try to limit yourself to 5 minutes when using an electric shower, otherwise your green credentials may not be so green! The average person spend 7 minutes in the shower so, time yourself and see if you can beat your time on your next shower.
If you have an old electric shower, you may want to consider upgrading it to a new, more energy-efficient model. Do a search for local recycling facilities in your area, as they may be able to take your old unit and reuse some of the parts. Alternatively, contact the shower manufacturer, as they may accept returns for recycling.
Top Tips for Saving Water in the Shower
- The average person spends 7 minutes in a shower. And, with the average shower using 9 litres of water per minute, the maths mean that’s 63 litres of water, per person, per shower. Multiply that by four people during the morning rush hour and that’s an awful lot of water – 252 litres!
- So, instead of 7 minutes, why not make your shower a 5 minute fix? Per person, per shower, that would mean 45 litres of water and across the family, 180 litres. For the sake of sacrificing 2 minutes’ showering time, it’s a big saving.
- If kids – especially teenagers – won’t get out of the shower on time, try using a waterproof shower radio or iPod. 2 songs should equate to a showering session – and it’s much easier than trying to guess.
- When it comes to saving water in the shower, technology is the way forward. Digital showers are great for going green – most, such as Gainsborough’s Digital Showers – offer an eco-setting, which is activated during installation.
- Don’t discount electric showering technology. Perfect for secondary showers, en suites, guest bathrooms and cloakrooms, an electric shower does not require stored hot water – so there’s no need to adapt plumbing systems or upgrade boilers – and there are significant energy savings.
*According to the Bathroom Manufacturers’ Association