Looking for a way to cut the costs of newly hiked bills? Here’s why looking at your shower should be one of the first things you do.

Showers make up a huge share of water and energy consumption.Europe’s energy surge is driving up household bills amid rising electricity prices. As temperatures decrease and heating becomes indispensable, households have to prepare for an all-time high in water and heating costs.

Showers make up a huge share of water and energy consumption. In fact, showering for one minute consumes more energy than using the lights in a 3-person household for an entire day.

For example, an average European household requires 2.6 kWh to heat up the water to a pleasant temperature. Running five LED lamps on 8W for 16 hours, in return, only takes up to 0,656 kWh per household.

That's why cutting down on shower temperature and time is a common go-to measure to drive down water and electricity bills. Meanwhile, more and more consumers have started to explore the potentials of resource-saving shower solutions – and rightly so.

Heating water to a pleasant showering temperature is twice or more the expense of the water itself. As such, enjoying long hot showers daily can quickly drive up your utility bills: The cost of daily showering of a 4 person household can be over 4000€ a year!

How much does taking a daily warm shower cost?

Standard shower solutions use between 15-18 litres of water per minute. Assuming you shower for 10 minutes a day, for example, that quickly adds up to 150-180 litres per day. That's why showers on average make up around 66 percent of the hot water we consume at home.

The price of water is not the only cost in the utility bill. In fact, heating the water to a pleasant showering temperature is at least twice as expensive as the cost of the water itself. Accordingly, water heating can quickly drive up utility bills and accounts for roughly 10-20 percent of an average household’s energy bill.

Let’s have a look at what that could mean for your household’s utility bill.

 

The cost of taking a shower in Europe*

  Electricity prices per kWh** Water prices per m3**  Cost of 1-minute cold shower Cost of 1-minute hot shower Cost of 10-minute hot shower Cost of daily 10-minute hot shower per 1 person per year Cost of daily 10-minute hot shower of 4-person household
Denmark 0,29 € 4,37 € 0,07€ 0,27€ 2,7€ 985,5€ 3942€
Finland

0,18 €

2,52 € 0,04€ 0,17€ 1,7€ 620,5€ 2482€
Norway 0,18 € 5,51 € 0,08€ 0,21€ 2,1€ 766,5€ 3066€
Germany 0,32 € 3,69 € 0,06€ 0,29€ 2,9€ 1058,5€ 4234€
Austria 0,22 € 2,85 € 0,04€ 0,20€ 2€ 730€ 2920€
Belgium 0,27 € 3,49 € 0,05€ 0,25€ 2,5€ 912,5€ 3650€

*The calculation is based on a consumption of 15l/minute and shower temperature of 39 °C with an assumed water heating efficiency of 65%
**Source: ec.europa.eu/eurostat and waternewseurope.com

Water temperature has a big impact on the amount of energy needed for showering.

Water temperature has a big impact on the amount of energy needed for showering.

 

To avoid unwelcome price spikes in your next water and electricity account, make sure to take control of your consumption without compromising on bathroom routine and comfort.

 

Keep your energy bills low with the right shower faucet

Whether you’re looking to save resources, cutting costs, or both, as energy prices continue to rise, there’s no better time to look into water-saving features. Let’s have a look at how much you can save water and costs with the right shower fixtures.

Showering for one minute consumes more energy than using the lights in a 3-person household for an entire day.

Oras Nova hand shower's EcoFlow limiter helps to save water and energy without extra effort.

Oras Nova hand shower's EcoFlow limiter helps to save water and energy without extra effort.

 

Limit water flow and temperature with your thermostat

As temperatures are dropping, sacrificing the comfort of a warm shower should not be the only option available to cut down costs.

Thermostats featuring Eco-option limit water flow to 12 litres per minute, while an integrated temperature lock helps limit temperature to 38 °C.

Lower costs with low flow hand showers

According to the European Environment Agency, low-flow shower heads are among the most effective ways to limit resource consumption and can have a significant effect on your annual water bills.

Shower heads that feature EcoFlow options, for example, limit water flow to only 9 litres per minute, helping you to cut water consumed per shower by up to 50 percent.

Oras Hydractiva Digital hand shower can help save up to 22% in water and energy consumption with real-time feedback and data on long-term usage.

Oras Hydractiva Digital hand shower can help save up to 22% in water and energy consumption with real-time feedback and data on long-term usage.

 

Track your consumption in real-time

Using a digital hand shower enables you to track your water consumption and temperature in real-time and signals when it’s time to turn off the water. You can also set goals and follow your consumption over time with the accompanying Digital Hand Shower App. This can help you reduce overall water consumption by up to 22 percent.

 

You often won’t be able to choose your water and energy tariffs yourself, but there may still be ways to keep track of and reduce what you are currently paying. Making use of a few small shower upgrades will help you identify the resource-intensive sources in your household and get your utility bills back on track.

Read how to find the right water-saving shower head

 

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