Can changing your showerhead save you money?

01st February 2020

While showering is generally accepted as being more water efficient than taking a bath: depending on your showerhead, you may be using more water than you think. If you have an unmetered water supply you may not consider the harm this is doing, but heating large volumes of water for your sure can actually build up colossal costs over time. This is where changing your shower head comes in. Something as simple as replacing your shower head with a more water efficient model means you have less water to heat, and therefore you can save money on your heating bills.

What is a water-saving showerhead?

Your showerhead is very important as it does all the work when it comes to controlling the rate at which the water flows, as well as your shower’s spray pattern. Water saving showerheads work by restricting how much water can actually flow through the head. These showerheads can reduce the volume of water used without compromising on good water pressure.

There are two types of water saving showerheads available from Plumbmaster. The first is known as a non-aerating showerhead: this showerhead simply uses smaller holes. This means water is squeezed out, creating more pressure, which in turn provides more massaging shower. The second showerhead is an aerating showerhead that works by using a mixture of restricted water and air. This gives the illusion that more water is coming out of the showerhead and therefore creates a regular and softer shower.

What factors should you consider?

Before you take the plunge and purchase a new showerhead, you need to consider a few things. First of all, you must decide if a water-saving showerhead is an option for you. In most cases, you do not need a water-saving showerhead if you have an electric shower as they already have the feature built in. If you were to fit a water-saving showerhead on an electric shower it may lead to water overheating and can cause damage to your shower unit.

Before installing a water-saving showerhead, you can check if your current showerhead is stopping you from reaching your savings goals. All you need to do is set a measuring jug directly under your showerhead, turn your shower on and set a timer for a minute. Now you can see how much water your showerhead releases per minute. You can multiply this by the amount of time you typically shower for. If you notice that your showerhead is releasing copious amounts of water, you will definitely benefit from replacing your showerhead for one that will regulate the amount of water being released.

More Water Saving Tips

Even with a water saving showerhead, there are still a few more things that can help you reach your money saving goals. To start, you should avoid taking excessively long showers. You can do this through using a water-saving timer, or just by keeping track of how long you spend in the shower. You should also stop any unnecessary water waste such as leaving your shower to run before you get in, and fixing any drips.

If you would like to find out more information on how to save money on your heating bill, or to find out what water-saving showerheads are available, call in to your local Plumbmaster branch. Our experts will be happy to help you.