If you are one of the many homeowner currently trying to find ways to keep your energy bills down then you are probably looking into all sorts of new energy plans. However, you do not need to change your energy provider to reduce your energy outputs and energy costs.
Instead you just need to implement a number of inexpensive and easy to install devices into certain areas of your home. Energy saving devices can greatly reduce your bills, and I advise you to research and buy as many as possible. One of the best ways you can keep costs down is by reducing your water consumption rates, and one of the easiest ways to do this is by using a low flow shower head in your bathroom.
The shower is one of the biggest causes of wasted water, and although showers use much less water than a bath there are still ways to reduce usage even further. The low flow shower head is one of the simplest devices you can use to make your home more energy efficient.
The first thing you’re going to need to do is determine what type of shower head your current shower set up uses. If you have a power shower then I would recommend that you have this replaced as power showers actually use more water than baths.
If you have an electric shower you should avoid using a low flow head with it, as electric showers already use much less water than standard showers and the low flow head will have no effect.
Check your shower to see if it uses a fixed shower head or a handheld shower head, as this will influence what models are compatible in your home.
A fixed head is connected directly to pipework in the wall, while a handheld head is connected to the pipes by way of a shower hose. Handheld heads are held in place by an adjustable wall mount which allows the user to alternate the height of the head to suit them. Fixed heads are generally found in houses while handheld heads are typically used in flats and apartments.
Low Flow Shower Heads
Low flow shower heads can reduce your water consumption rates by up to 50%, which will obviously have a massive impact on your energy bills. The shower head achieve this through a process known as aeration, and this involves adding air bubbles to water to increase its mass.
This means less is needed to clean, and the pressure and spray strength are not affected. Low flow shower heads are quite low priced, easy to install and have a very long life time. These devices are low maintenance and offer a number of different spray settings making them suitable for use in big households.
There are a number of places where you can buy low flow shower heads but I always advise to buy from a water saving specialist company. You can shop online at places like Agua Flux for shower heads, and doing this will guarantee the device’s quality and efficiency.
James Murphy is a home improvement enthusiast with a vast knowledge of energy saving tips for in and around the home. James enjoys spending his free time visiting galleries and areas of cultural interest.