How to fit Water Efficient Shower Heads

Why do we need Water Efficient Showers and Showerheads?

So I know we’ve all been told that a shower is more water efficient than taking a bath, however that may not necessarily be the case. While a quick shower is usually more water efficient than a bath, a lot of modern rainfall or power showers use more water in less than five minutes, than you would use to fill a bath (usually around 80 litres). Hence to make a decision on whether to bath or shower you need to consider the type of shower and shower head you are using and alongside this the water flow rate and the time spent in the shower.

Generally showers will be more water efficient than baths as they tend to use less water. In addition to this showers are cleaner, more convenient and generally quicker. They not only reduce water use but also gas and electricity use as about 70% of water used in showers is hot, so reducing the amount of water used means you are also reducing the amount of water to be re-heated and therefore saving on energy.

According to the Energy Saving Trust Report ‘At Home with Water’

“Hot water use contributes £228 to the average annual combined energy bill and emits 875kg of CO2 per household per year.”

A Water Efficient Showerhead such as a Kiri Satinjet or Flowpoint Aerated Showerheads will use as little as 7-8 litres of water per minute, using only up to 40 litres of water. As the water is either regulated and / or aerated, you can still experience a pleasant shower. Without any sacrifices you can save water (if on a water meter), money and reduce your utility bills by simply fitting an energy efficient showerhead. Due to these benefits around 85% of homes now have one or more shower installed.

Water efficient shower heads reduce the amount of water consumption by the following methods:

  • By aerating the water, this mixes the water with air to reduce the amount of water needed
  • Using a flow restrictor will reduce the flow rate as they ‘pulsate’ the water
  • Using a flow regulator will reduce the flow of water but maintain a regulated and constant flow to provide a pleasant shower