Keeping water consumption down in your household is the winning decisions for both your wallet and the environment. In a previous post, we gave tips that a Brisbane plumber would recommend for saving water in the kitchen. However, what about when you’re taking a shower? Here is a list of common tips a Brisbane plumber would give to help your finances and the environment.
Water-Saving Tips for The Shower
Showers are important to consider when saving water because even an efficient shower uses about 9 litres of water per minute. That’s about 45 litres for a five-minute shower. Add an extra 10 litres per minute for older or less efficient showerheads. Here are some tips a Brisbane plumber would give to help you reduce your water usage in the shower.
1 – Fit a water-efficient showerhead
Low-flow showerheads are designed to use less water than older showerhead models. A Brisbane plumber will explain that there are two types of low-flow showerheads: non-aerating and aerating. Non-aerating showerheads restrict water flow using extra narrow holes. Aerating, on the other hand, mix oxygen in with the water. Whichever one you choose, you will be using less water. A Brisbane plumber will generally recommend a low-flow showerhead because they can use up to 20 litres less water per minute!
2 – Get a shower timer
It’s easy to underestimate how long your shower was. What felt like a 10-minute shower, may have been 15 minutes. Even a Brisbane plumber loses track of the time once they’re enjoying a nice hot shower at the end of the day. Use a shower timer to keep track of time so you’ll use less water. Not only will you save water, but you’ll also get some extra time in your day.
3 – Don’t Run The Water While Lathering
Something most people do but don’t even think about is letting the water run while lathering. If you have a two-handle system for your shower’s water mixing, this is a little tricky. However, if you have a single-lever system, a Brisbane plumber will recommend you push the water off while you apply your soap or shampoo. If you don’t have a single-lever system, consider hiring a Brisbane plumber to install one. It will make getting that perfect temperature shower easier and will save on water consumption.
4 – Take shorter showers
It may seem like an obvious tip for a Brisbane plumber to give, but it’s obvious for a reason. Reducing the length of your showers will decrease your water usage: it’s very straightforward. A Brisbane plumber would suggest counting in your head or setting your shower timer to a shorter time. If you can cut back by even 5 minutes, you’ll be saving nearly 20 litres of water.
Having issues with your shower?
Some of these tips are simple lifestyle changes, but others will require the help of an expert. For the most part, changing a showerhead would not require you to call a Brisbane plumber. However, if you’re struggling with it, your shower is leaking, or there’s a plumbing emergency, call The Brisbane Plumbers. We can help you with gas, drain cleaning, general plumbing, emergency plumbing, and more. Plus, we’re available around the clock, every day of the year. Call The Brisbane Plumbers now on 0450 932 850.