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Interesting Facts About Showers [Infographic]

Today is World Water Way, and to raise awareness of water usage, we have posted a fascinating infographic about showering.

In the UK, around 68% of household water is used in the bathroom – mostly in toilet flushing and showers and baths.

We also found the Men vs Women statistics particularly interesting.

For example, 70% of men shower daily compared to 57% of women, however, 64% of women think about to-do lists in the shower compared to 48% of men. So does this mean that women are too busy to shower everyday? And when they do, they are still thinking about other tasks to do? This may be why they tend to shower for 2 minutes longer than men.

Have a read through and leave a comment to let us know what you think…


[Via: What are your showering habits?]

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Water Saving Infographic – Great Ways To Save Water

Saving water is one of our priorities here at Gainsborough Showers. We’re always looking for ways we can reduce the amount of water our showers use, whilst still giving a great performance for our customers.

We came across this great infographic from Water Saving Ideas which explains how much water is used in producing food and other household items. It’s a real eye opener! Although many of us often think about fixing dripping taps, turning the tap off when brushing our teeth, and taking shorter showers to save water, how many of us actually consider how much water is used to produce the food that we eat everyday?

At the end of the infographic, it suggests ways you can save water through switching certain groceries (although switching milk for beer sounds fun but we’re not quite sure about that one!)

Water Saving Infographic

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Friday Poll Time: How Long Do You Spend In The Shower?

For this Friday Poll, we’d love to know how long you spend in the shower.

Are you in, washed and out in less than 4 minutes? Or do you prefer to relax and take your time?

Is saving water important to you? And does it determine how long you spend in the shower? Let us know in the comments box!

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Showering Inspiration

For this week’s Friday post, we thought about the words we associate with showering, and we’ve put them together here for you:

Showering Inspiration

Can you think of any other inspiring shower words?

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New Year, New Bathroom?

The New Year has well and truly made its mark. So what resolutions did you make? To eat healthier, to give up smoking, or to make home improvements perhaps? If you’ve struggled to think of anything, or perhaps you’ve even already fallen at the first hurdle, don’t despair, how about making some changes around the home?

The start of a new year is the ideal time to refresh and renew, and often one of the most neglected rooms of the home is the bathroom. Does your bathroom need some New Year TLC? Thankfully, designers in the industry have predicted some bathroom trends for 2013 to help you decide on a new style:

Eco-friendly

Environmentally friendly products have been popular for some time now. Consumers are beginning to realise the importance of protecting the environment, and are buying products that reflect this. Think about the rise in ‘eco-friendly’ cars, and organic, environmentally friendly food. It’s the same with bathroom products – from water-saving taps, to eco-friendly shower heads, the bathroom industry has certainly taken notice of this consumer trend, and so there is plenty of choice for eco-conscious buyers. An added benefit of eco-friendly is that it usually means money-saving as well. In addition to water-saving devices, electric showers can be an economical choice for many homes as they work independently from the hot water system. By heating water on demand, installing an electric shower can mean that less energy is used to heat stored water that could otherwise be left wasted and unused.

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Is your tap dripping? Get a new water-saving one

Save Space!

Another trend for bathrooms in 2013 is going to be clever space-saving storage options. More and more homeowners are choosing to stay and extend their homes, rather than move house.With families growing  space becomes a premium, and with bathrooms typically being one of the smallest rooms in the home, storage space becomes even more scarce. While some homeowners may be able to extend their homes, add another bathroom or even an ensuite, there are many who need to make do with the space they have. So, the demand for cleverly designed, space-saving bathroom cabinets has become much greater.

Add Some Art

Typically, bathrooms tend to be quite visually sterile, with plain, earthy tiles, and neutral colours. As homeowners get braver with their interior design, bathrooms are becoming more exciting. Now, the hot and steamy condition of a bathroom isn’t the best place to hang valuable artwork, but a bright print protected by a waterproof glass screen could be an option to add some colour whilst withstanding the humid conditions.  Another idea is to add some eye-catching tiles to add a splash of colour to the room. Be creative!

2013 art

Add some interest with coloured tiles

Sensual Spa

Another bathroom trend for 2013 is to recreate spa like experiences at home. Many of us have had lovely experiences in posh hotels and health clubs, with their luxurious bathrooms, and now the trend is to recreate these relaxing, indulgences spaces in our own bathrooms. So, from heated towel rails, to underfloor heating, ambient lighting and streamlined, we’re all looking for the latest high-tech advances to make our bathrooms as luxurious as possible. Of course, when it comes to showers, you can’t get much more luxury than a digital shower. Press the button and the shower tells you when the water is heated and the shower is ready to go – no more testing the water with your arm! Extra touches around the room, such as candles, spa-like bottles and products all add to the effect.

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Recreate the spa feel in your bathroom

Are you planning a revamp of your bathroom this year? What trends will you be choosing?

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Are You Ready For Christmas?

Tomorrow is the 1st of December – the countdown to Christmas has truly begun! With less than a month left, may of us are starting to think about getting our homes ready for the arrival of Christmas guests and relatives. So, whether that’s putting up extra beds and getting bedding down from the loft, or making sure that the freezer is stocked with food, one area we tend to forget is the bathroom.

With extra people staying in the house, of course, there’s going to be increased pressure on household appliances, and showers, particularly electric showers, can often struggle if they’re old and getting a bit tired. Electric showers have to work much harder in the winter anyway (the incoming mains water is colder, and it takes more energy to heat it to the desired temperature), so unfortunately this means that shower breakdowns often occur over the winter. During the Christmas break it can be a nightmare to try and buy a replacement shower and then there’s the hassle of getting a plumber in to fit it!

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Is your home ready for Christmas?

So if your shower is nearing the end of its life – don’t wait until its too late! Upgrade your shower today and make sure it’s prepared for the onslaught of Christmas guests and relatives.

If you have an older Gainsborough model that’s now obsolete, our replacement shower page should help you find a suitable retro-fit shower. The page lists each shower model with a handy link to each replacement product, all of which are available to buy online with free delivery. There’a also helpful advice about replacing electric showers and what can be involved in reducing or increasing the kilowatt rating.

Image courtesy of Beverly LR

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Five Top Tips For Saving Money Around The Home

It’s only 40 days until Christmas – and if this fills you with dread rather than joy then perhaps our money saving tips might help you to get in the festive spirit…

Save Money on Flushes and Feel Flush!

Buying a water-saving ball for a few pounds into your toilet cisterns can help you save water – particularly useful if you’re on a water meter. Flushing toilets uses about 30% of household water, and one of these cistern balls only costs a few pounds to buy.

Get A Water Butt

Installing a water butt in your garden will collect rainwater from your drainpipes to provide water for plants and flowers. Not only will these help you save money if you’re on a water meter but it will also come in useful the next time a summer time hosepipe ban comes into play…

Secure Your Home and Secure Your Possessions

As the evenings get longer and darker, our homes are more and more at risk from the threat of burglary, particularly when left empty. Upgrade your home’s security features, such as good quality window and door locks, install some outside lighting and consider a burglar alarm too. Having your home burgled just before Christmas will not help the finances!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Society today has a ‘throwaway’ attitude rather than preserve and mend what we already have. Instead of throwing things out when they get a bit tired, think about how you can repair them and make them as good as new. Descale the kettle, defrost the fridge regularly to keep them in tip top condition and less likely to breakdown. Similarly with your shower – make sure the shower head is descaled frequently to make sure your shower is kept working at its best.

Chrome Shower Head

Keep your shower head shiny and clean to avoid problems

Keep your receipts

Make sure to keep receipts and warranties/guarantees of large purchases in a file or box. This will ensure that they are kept safe and if anything goes wrong in the first year or two you can get it repaired or replaced for free.

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Don’t forget the clocks this ‘National Sleep In Day’

It’s that time of year again. The clocks go back this Sunday, October 28th, marking the official start of the UK wintertime. So we can look forward to darker, colder evenings from now on…

But the good news is we get an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning! And because of this, Sunday has officially been named ‘National Sleep In Day’ – so make sure you enjoy that extra hour with no guilt!

Did you know that around a third of us don’t get enough sleep each night? We spoke before about the various health benefits of warm showers, but we’d like to focus on sleep for this post, because sleep is so important. And in line with our previous post, we’d like to share with you the benefits of having a warm shower before bed, and the fantastic effects it has on improving your sleep and helping you to feel completely rested.

These two have no trouble sleeping…

A warm shower, which is usually defined as between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius, will relax you and relieve stress – two major challenges of a good night’s sleep. The combination of the warm water and steam created by the shower warms our body temperature and this starts to induce us into sleep mode. Adding lavender essential oil, as  it is a natural relaxant, will help to relax you even further.

Once the shower is finished and you’ve left the warm, steamy bathroom and entered the cooler bedroom, your body temperature will naturally start to cool down. This process of cooling the temperature of the body will incite drowsiness and aids the process of falling asleep. Plus, feeling clean and refreshed after a nice shower makes us feel more relaxed anyhow, once again, helping to encourage sleep.

If you have trouble sleeping, one of the best things you can do is to try and get into a bedtime routine (think about how we encourage children to have a warm bath before bedtime). This will condition your body and mind to start to relax and you should find falling asleep much easier.

Today’s modern showers, such as thermostatic mixer showers, have made showering an even more relaxing and easy experience for us. The thermostatic valves in modern mixer showers constantly control the temperature of the water and prevent unpleasant temperature fluctuations when water is used elsewhere in the home (like someone flushing the toilet or washing the dishes). Similarly, through the use of illuminated flashing lights, digital showers, like those found in our digital shower range, intelligently advise users when the optimum water temperature has been reached and the shower is ready to go.

If you have problems sleeping, as well as having a warm shower bed, The Sleep Council has the following advice:

  • Get into a sleep routine – going to bed and getting up at approximately the same time each day will help the body to sleep better.
  • Create a peaceful and calming environment – make sure the bedroom is used only for rest and sleep and lose the TV, laptop and mobile. The room should also be kept as quiet and dark as possible and the temperature of the room shouldn’t be too hot or too cold – between 16 and 18 degrees is ideal.
  • The most important part of the bedroom, the bed, should be comfortable and supportive, and not too soft, hard or old.
  • Regular exercise has been shown to relieve stress, and activities such as swimming and walking can help to aid sleep patterns. Exercise should be avoided just before bedtime as it may have the opposite desired effect.
  • Reduce the amount of stimulants, like tea and coffee, which contain caffeine, in the evening as they can interfere with sleep. A hot milky drink or herbal tea before bed is preferable.
  • Undertake some relaxing activities, such as yoga or listening to peaceful music, before going to bed.
  • If daily stresses are interfering with sleep, make a list of tasks ‘to do’ the next day.

And don’t forget the clocks this Sunday!

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