Setting the task to save energy in your bathroom is not always easy but with the cost of living crisis and rates rising, small changes can go a long way. So why start with the bathroom? The bathroom is one of the main rooms to use the most energy. Long showers, bath time, flushing the loo, cleaning your teeth all can contribute to high energy bills and added household costs but what if there was a few ways we could minimise the amount we spend?
We have put together several easy tips on how to save energy in the bathroom.
Tip #1 Reduce your Showertime
This might seem like an obvious one but reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower not only helps the environment but saves you money.
So what is the ideal time to spend in the shower? Getting your showertime down to 4-5 minutes is what will make the most difference however, if you can begin by shaving 5 minutes off your regular shower time this will also help.
“Showering for 4 minutes could save a typical household* £95 a year on their bills – and an extra £60 on their water bill, if metered.” (Energy Saving Trust, 2023).
Tip #2 Turn your Water Cold!
No one likes to hear – “The water is cold!” especially when so used too jumping into a nice, warm shower but using cold water can save you a lot. As the average engery bill for heating warm water is up to 12%.
Try using cold water when washing your face and hands and if you want to be more daring, turn the shower temperature down to 25 degrees. Make it a fun challenge in your house, see who can actually do it the longest.
Tip #3 Fix those Leaks!
You have heard the drip, drip, drip and probably made a mental note to get it fixed but did you know that dripping taps and shower-heads waste thousands of litres of water per year. Make sure to fix those leaky taps or you could be losing out.
Tip #4 Turn off the Taps
Speaking of taps, if you tend to let them run when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face, you might be losing money. Try turning off your taps as you go, especially when using for only small bursts of time. Keeping the water going can use up to 10 litres of water a minute, which overtime adds up.
Tip #5 Ditch the Tub
Now for all you bath-lovers out there this may be a challenge however if you reduce this down to one bath a week and replace it with a quick shower this could save £20 a year and if you pay water bills an additional £11.
Tip #6 Change your Showerhead
The average shower takes around 8 minutes with up to 60 litres of water. Changing your shower head to a more water efficient shower head. Like this Mira Logic Four Spay showerhead could help reduces the amount of water used in your household.
According to Energy Saving Trust, you could save around £45 on their gas bills and around £25 on their water bills (if they have a water meter) each year. That’s a total saving of around £70.
Tip #7 Cistern Device
This useful device reduces the amount of water used when flushing. It can easily be placed into your toilet when you flush, it will inflate and can save up to 1-2 litres per flush.
Tip #8 Get Your Boiler Serviced
Getting your boiler serviced is important to make sure it is running correctly. When should you get your boiler checked? Your boiler is best checked once a year this will give you a chance to have a qualified boiler engineer check your heating system is running efficiently.
Tip #9 Switch off Electrical Items
One that we often forget, turn your lights off and fans when you leave the room could save you a small fortune this applies throughout each room in your house but somewhere we might forget it the bathroom. Running the lights throughout your time in the bath or shower can eat away at your electric multiply that a few times a day per person. Small changes like this can make a big difference to your energy savings.
Tip #10 Talk to Your Household
We might be making the cutbacks ourselves but is everyone in the house doing the same? When planning on taking some of these steps to reduce your energy bill it’s important that everyone in your household is on the same page about making some changes. Discuss what is achievable and how you could can best go about making these small changes.
We hope you found these tips useful and perhaps might start incorporating some of these changes into your everyday life. Little things like turning off the lights when not in use or shortening your shower can make a big difference. If you want more advice on updating your shower, taps or any bathroom fixtures make sure to give us a call and advise what is best for your household.