Are Showers Expensive to Run?
claims showers are responsible for around 34% of the water consumed in our homes. Some shower models use as much as 15 litres of water each minute. Yet, using a more economical shower, this figure could be cut to as little as six litres per minute.
But every household is unique, and every shower model is different. So the amount we spend on showering will vary. One way of budgeting for your shower usage is to use a shower calculator.
This breaks down how much it costs to run a single shower while helping you change your showering habits
for the better.
What Makes a Shower Energy-Efficient?
An Energy-Efficient Shower Head
Most energy-efficient showers will have an aerating shower head or a non-aerating shower head.
An aerating shower head is ideal for shorter showers as it's softer on the skin, providing a gentle showering experience. These shower heads work by restricting water flow and mixing it with air.
Meanwhile, a non-aerating shower head is vigorous, making it a little harder on the skin. This shower head produces a high-pressure flow by forcing the water through smaller holes.
An energy performance certificate (EPC) measures the amount of energy our appliances use. They then tell you how efficient they are on a new scale of A to G
. The common letter for most homes is a D rating. So, a shower with a rating of D, C, or B is now considered energy efficient and thus will cost you less to run.
Smart showers will let you use a dedicated app to determine functions. Here you can control the water flow rate, and temperature, while turning the shower on and off remotely. This gives you greater control of your showering and improves efficiency.
For electric showers, the average and most energy-efficient wattage is 8.5kW. These demand less power to heat the water and offer a plentiful supply of warm water at a gentle flow. Electric shower wattages will vary from 7.5kW to 10.5Kw.
While the higher wattage you select is more powerful, they'll also be more expensive to buy. But, if it’s a long-term energy-efficient rating you're after, 8.5kW and above is recommended.
Quick to Reach a Comfortable Temperature
The quicker your shower can reach the desired temperature, the less time you’ll waste waiting to step into it. This means a reduction in the amount of time the shower is left running and thus a drop in running costs.
A shower that offers the option of eco mode can help you make further savings. Eco mode is energy-efficient as it limits water consumption. This setting can help make valuable water savings as you spend less on heating your water.
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