Electric Showers May Save Nature And Your Money

According to recent statistics, the average person living in England and Wales uses around 150 litres of water per day. 6% of the UK's annual carbon emissions are related to water use, with nearly 90% of that coming from hot water use in households. Saving water is not only a great way of boosting your eco-friendly credentials, but also one of the simplest means of cutting down on electricity expenses. Is it possible to take a comfortable shower in a water-conscious household? Definitely! Installing an electric shower is one way to make a smart choice for your eco-friendly home.

How do they work?

An electric shower is basically a water heater. It works by heating mains cold water very fast as it flows through the shower unit. There is no pump involved, so the amount of water you get through depends on the water pressure from the mains. All you need to do is to push a start/stop button and set a dial for the desired flow rate and temperature. Showers that feature ‘spray control’ technology will also cleverly maximize the water flow by automatically adjusting to the incoming mains water supply temperature and sustaining an even spray pattern. Most models will also feature a safe temperature control system to protect your family from unsafe temperatures.

How powerful are electric showers?

Power ratings range from 8.5kW and 10.8kW. Generally you pay more for a higher power rating but they produce more powerful sprays and cope better with lower water supply temperatures. If you live in an eco-friendly household, go for an 8.5kW shower that uses far less water and energy than more powerful showers.

How to install an electric shower

Under the introduction of the Building Regulations of 2005 which also cover electrical installation, electric showers should be installed by a qualified electrician. They require both plumbing to the mains cold water supply and connection to the electrical supply in the house. Some manufacturers provide a number of features to facilitate installation, such as a large front cover to conceal marks from previous installations, varied water and cable entry options and a deep cover to make these connections as easy as possible.

Are they really economical?

Yes, electric showers can be considered energy-saving as you heat only the amount of water you need, when you need it, rather than heating a whole tank of water in advance and having to store it. They are the only type of shower that is independent of the hot water system, so if your boiler breaks, you can still have a comfortable shower.

The water flow rate may vary depending on the temperature you have set and the temperature of the incoming cold water. As the mains water will be colder in the winter, it takes longer for the shower to heat the water and so a reduction in the water flow may be noticed.  

Are they stylish?

Electric shower models have been updated and upgraded in terms of style and design to incorporate into the modern bathroom. Lots of manufacturers have developed showers with a more contempory style often with a satin chrome or black finish instead of the traditional white, although these too are still popular.

Since saving water is good for the environment and your pocket, installing economical eco-friendly electric showers may be exactly what your household needs for a comfortable yet cost-effective lifestyle.