The Shower Test

Modern showers are so much more efficient than their older counterparts. Bathing and showering are two of the most water intensive activities that happen in the home, so reducing the amount of water you use in through showers will have a significant impact on your overall water use total. That would be good news for your wallet and good news for the environment, because hot water costs twice over – once for the heating and once for the water.

There are two tests you can perform with your existing shower head to check efficiency and see how much water (and money!) you could save by installing a new one. The first is simple and produces no mess or fuss, and you can do it while you wash in the morning. Simply push the plug into the bath or the shower tray as you turn the shower valves on.

Go through your morning wash like you do in each of your showers, being careful not to slip over of course. As you wash, the water level in the tray will rise. For most people using a shower head that’s more than five or so years old, it’ll go up surprisingly fast. If you are standing in a tray rather than a bath, you may find yourself speeding up to prevent the water overflowing before you finish washing.

The other test you can do is a bit messier. Leave the shower doors open or the curtain folded back and turn the shower valves on. How much water ends up on the floor? A lot of that will be wasted water that will never even hit your body in the shower.

If the results of either test is an unpleasant surprise, have a look at our range of efficient shower heads.

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