The Environmental Benefits of Electric Showers

There are some eye-opening statistics related to our use of resources. Electricity, gas and water – we use them all frequently, regularly and, in all cases, too much. Shockingly, the average person in England and Wales can use up to 150 litres of water every day. Water use accounts for six per cent of Britain’s annual carbon emissions and almost ninety per cent of that is from heating household water.

If a person were to spend the night in a hotel, it is estimated that this person could feasibly use over one thousand litres of water through using a swimming pool, the sauna and taking several baths and showers. Using a shower rather than a bath can save a staggering thirteen thousand litres of water each year.

Thankfully, due to increased scientific studies into our impact on the planet and a growing culture of awareness, people are becoming more and more motivated to reduce waste as much as possible. Saving water can be a great first step as it is undoubtedly environmentally friendly and also one of the best ways of reducing expensive energy bills.  Electric showers are one of the many ways to begin to help the environment. 

Electric showers work by only heating the amount of water that is required at one given time; the cold water from the mains is pumped through the shower unit where the electric element heats the water very quickly. When the person is finished using the shower, the water stops being heated and so there is little or no wasted hot water. This means electric showers can be very economical compared to heating a large tank of water to supply a shower, where much of the water will be left to go cold, which is wasteful and inefficient.

Whilst some showers have a power output of up to 10.5kW, electric showers that have a power flow of 8.5kW tend to be the most popular. These provide a good balance between the enjoyment of a quality shower whilst working with environmental and economic considerations in mind. It doesn’t have to be about compromising or cutting one thing out; electric showers can provide the best of both worlds. 

Whilst electric showers undoubtedly make much more environmental sense than using baths or other shower types, there are still further ways to decrease your carbon footprint. People who do not have electric showers can fit their shower with a lower flow head which, according to the not-for-profit organisation Water wise, will cut hot water use and help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a third. However, you should always check that any eco shower head is compatible with your shower and that is doesn’t invalidate your warranty before you use it.
Switching from a power shower to electric showers can save up to twelve thousand litres of water each year – that is almost the equivalent of a year’s worth of baths, twenty pounds in bills or 150 kilograms of carbon dioxide! Possibly the best way to save energy when using an electric shower is to try to reduce a minute of your shower time which could amount to saving up to 3,300 litres of water annually or enough energy to heat six thousand cups of coffee.

A really interesting and thought provoking statistic is that if everyone in England, Scotland and Wales decided to reduce the time they spend in the shower by one minute, there would be enough water saved to supply the cities of London, Birmingham and Leeds for an entire day. Whilst electric showers are undoubtedly a good option, we can still take little actions ourselves to help the environment and the future of the planet.