Nov 01, 2021, Inspiration News

Showers vs baths: the environmental impact

Are showers more environmentally friendly than baths?

Climate change is affecting us all, and the impacts are accelerating, which means our fight against it has to speed up too.

We need to preserve and conserve water, it’s one of our most precious resources – we simply can’t live without it.

Many believe that showering uses less water than filling up a bathtub, but that all depends on how long you shower for!

With that in mind, we’re looking at the environmental impact of showering and bathing, and what you can do to help save water.

Is it greener to take showers or baths?
It’s an age-old question that many of us ask. Will it make a difference if I take a shower instead of a bath?

According to the Environment Agency, a normal five-minute shower can use about a third of the water of a bath. However, power showers can use up 136 litres of hot water per scrub – that’s the equivalent of almost two baths (a bath uses about 60 litres of water).

A greener option is to use a water-efficient showerhead that creates finer drops or by introducing air, this typically has a flow rate of between 4 and 9 litres per minute.

Another option is to cut your shower by just three minutes to help reduce your water footprint – particularly if you are using a power shower!

Three quarters of Brits shower at least once a day
A recent YouGov survey found the following showering habits of Britons:

• Half of Brits (49%) insist on having a shower or bath at least once a day
• One in twenty (6%) have a shower or bath several times in a day
• One in five (20%) go for 4 to 6 times a week – three quarters of Britons shower at least once every other day

According to the survey, Londoners are the most hygiene-obsessive region in the nation, with ten percentage points more likely than the national average to shower or bathe at least once a day (64% vs 54%).

How can you do your bit?
There are many reasons why you should take shorter showers. You’ll save money on your energy bills and have more time to do other things. Not only this, by reducing your water consumption, you’ll be helping to save the planet.

The average 10-minute shower uses 50–75 gallons of water, so if you were to cut your shower time by just a few minutes, you could save 25 gallons.

Or why not go one step further and take cold showers?

benefits of a cold shower

Small changes can really make a big difference – not only to benefit the environment, but your everyday.To find out more about how you can create your own eco-friendly shower experience call MERLYN today on:

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