There’s nothing quite like a long hot shower to wake you up in the morning, but it could be costing you more than you realise.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, showers use a quarter of all household water – that’s more than any other appliance. Many of us believe showering is more cost-effective than taking a bath, but a long shower lasting more than eight minutes or using a power shower can actually use more water than a soak in the tub. Could it be time to reassess your showering style? Follow these tips to save cash while you wash…
Buy an energy-efficient shower
First off, have you got the right shower? Power showers feel awesome but they could be draining your money big time. According to consumer website Which?, they are the worst type of shower for water saving. A better bet is an electric shower or a manual mixer shower. Electric showers are great because they heat the water you use, rather than continuous water heating, while manual mixers have a temperature control mixer tap so you can regulate the heat.
Take speedy showers
The Energy Saving Trust says spending one minute less in the shower every day can save nearly £20 a year per person on water bills - that’s £80 a year for a family of four. Get yourself a free shower timer from the website Save Water Save Money so you can start timing your showers and reduce the length by a minute or two.
Try these shower hacks
There are other things you can do to cut down on water use in the shower and some are super obvious. Firstly, do you really need a shower twice a day? It may be a nice habit but it’s a drain on your finances. Another way to save cash is to limit the water flow as you wash; try turning the shower off while you soap yourself and wash your hair, then turn it back on to rinse.
Check out eco-showers
Water-efficient shower heads are becoming increasingly popular as a way to save water – but will you benefit? Which? recommends a simple test: they put a two litre container on the shower floor and if it takes under 12 seconds to fill up when your shower is on maximum speed then a water-saving shower head may be of help. Go to Savewatersavemoney.co.uk to see if free products are on offer in your area.
Finish your products
You can also save money when showering by making sure you finish your products before buying new ones. If you’ve got to the end of your shower gel, shampoo or conditioner, add a bit of water and give it a shake to get the last of the bottle out.
Follow these tips so that the next time you are showering only water will be going down the drain, not your cash.