Did you know an average nine minute shower uses about 100 litres of water, and to offset the carbon footprint created by a year of showering alone, around 40 trees must be planted?
Small changes can make a big difference, so to help raise awareness of how much water and energy is used by a typical shower in a residential setting, Triton Showers have launched a TV ad campaign to encourage consumers to reduce their shower time.
With the nation spending additional time at home over the past year, it’s unsurprising that we are using increased resources. In fact, research commissioned by Triton Showers shows that seven in 10 adults are now using more water and energy, compared to before the pandemic.
Simple ways to reduce energy consumption and save water
Tweak your bathing habits
It may seem like a basic tactic, but lowering the temperature of your shower or bath by just 1°C can have a positive impact on energy usage, particularly when you make it part of the whole family’s daily routine.
Not only does heating water on demand via electricity prevent unnecessarily warming resources that aren’t used, it also means you don’t need to predict usage. Whether you’re heading for a wash after a run, or it is hair washing night in your household, you can rely on there always being enough hot water – from the moment you set foot into your shower, to when you emerge refreshed and revitalised.
Don’t waste what you don’t need
Simply being more mindful of lights left on in empty rooms and how much water you use is the first step towards reducing energy use and costs. It’s also possible to reduce your energy bills by turning appliances off properly. When you leave your work laptop on at the end of the day, or finish watching the TV, power down completely by turning them off standby mode, and your finances will thank you. Another quick and simple action is to only put the washing machine or dishwasher on with a full load. Even if your machine has a part load setting, you’ll use less energy and water if you run it once when full, rather than twice when half full.