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You might assume that taking a shower is more water-efficient than taking a bath, but that's not necessarily the case.
The electric showers we test typically have a water flow rate of around four litres per minute. At this rate, it would take around 10 minutes to fill a bathtub, whereas a more powerful mixer or power shower could easily fill a tub in five minutes.
An eco shower head can be a great addition to a mixer and power shower, giving the feeling of higher pressure without actually using more water – meaning you can turn the dial down and save water.
The shower head controls the flow and spray pattern of the water. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, and the design can directly affect water consumption.
Here are some things to consider before buying:
Eco shower heads are usually not recommended for use with electric showers.
Eco shower heads fitted with an integrated flow regulator help you save water by restricting the water flow. However, restricting water flow can lead to water building up in the heater tank, causing the shower to overheat. For this reason, manufacturers often advise that you shouldn't use eco shower heads on an electric shower, as this could damage the shower unit. Contact the manufacturer if you're unsure.
Electric showers are already water efficient, so you shouldn't need to use an eco shower head with an electric shower anyway.
This is the type of shower where the hose and spray are attached to your bath. The temperature and amount of water are adjusted through the taps, giving you more control of the amount of water you use.
This can be useful, as it gives you the freedom to reduce pressure and temperature, saving both energy and water.
An electric shower is essentially a water heater, which rapidly heats cold water as it flows towards the shower head. Many have eco modes that reduce the pressure, saving both energy and water for when you don't need such a powerful shower.
This is a popular and cost-effective shower, where the hose and spray come out of a wall unit and there's a temperature control that mixes the hot and cold water supply.
Depending on the pressure and temperature controls, it can be difficult to precisely and quickly adjust to save water and energy, so think about this before buying.
Power showers use an electric pump that allows you to adjust the pressure and water temperature. This type of shower is the worst for water use and can quickly use more water than a bath.
When shopping online, you'll see lots of eco shower heads on online marketplaces. When shopping online, not from a reputable seller, make sure to check their returns policy.
Popular retailers that stock eco shower heads include:
There are plenty of water-saving gadgets that time how long you're taking and the water you're using and alert you when you've been in too long.
Your water company may also supply free water-saving gadgets for your shower. These include:
Check with your water company to see what freebies it offers.
Time them to see how long you typically take and use a water-saving timer that lets you know when you've exceeded 35 litres of water.
Try not to run your shower before you get in. If you can, keep your shower set at your preferred temperature so you don't have to spend time adjusting it before use.
We all love a powerful shower, but think about if you can live with a less powerful one. Simply using a lower setting is one of the best ways to reduce your water and energy use.
Over time, the water that escapes from a dripping shower adds up. Get it fixed to avoid needless water waste.