Baths vs Showers - How Much Hot Water Are You Using?
An architectural visualization visualization of free standing bathtub and shower cubicle separated by an orange terra cotta brick wall.Baths vs Showers - How Much Hot Water Are You Using?

Whether you decide to take a bath instead of a shower or vice versa frequently depends on how you're feeling. What if there were more factors to take into account when deciding which of the two would be best if you knew how water is used?

There are a few factors to take into account to comprehend how much water you use affects the environment. The temperature of the water also affects how much of an influence you have on the environment.

In this post, we'll compare baths and showers based on their efficiency and usage. For more information on how you can play your part in helping the environment, read this article.

How Much Water Does A Shower Use?

Most other forms of showers use more than 10 litres of water per minute, whereas electric showers use approximately 3 litres. Compared with a power shower, which consumes 10 to 16 litres of water per minute, a mixer shower may consume anywhere between 5 and 30 litres per minute. The amount of water you use in your home will be influenced by several factors, including the water pressure.

How Much Water Does A Bath Use?

The average bath uses 50-60 litres of water, while the average shower uses 15 litres. If you take two baths a week and six showers a week, that's 10 minutes in the tub and 20 minutes under the showerhead—which means you're using 0.5% as much water for bathing as you are for showering!

So why does this matter? Well if you have an electric or gas hot water system, then your energy bills are going to be proportional to how much hot water is being used by your family over time.

That means if everyone in your household takes longer showers than baths then it might make sense for you to switch to taking shorter showers instead!

Is a Bath Better Than a Shower?

Showers use less water than baths because the flow of water is continuous and you generally use the showerhead rather than filling up a tub. This means that showers use less energy and save you money.

But if you're taking shorter showers instead of long ones, they'll save money on heating costs as well as help conserve natural resources like fossil fuels used in manufacturing appliances and materials like plastic pipes or copper piping used at home with everyday life activities such as washing hands or brushing teeth.

3 Tips To Save Hot Water

You can reduce your hot water usage by following these quick tips.

1.    Fill a Bath Only Halfway To Save Water

When you take a bath, only fill the tub halfway. The rule of thumb is to always plug the drain first while conserving water. Stay away from the hot water. As the bathtub fills, alter the water's temperature. You may conserve a significant amount of water over time by making this small adjustment.

2.    Consider Installing Water-saving Showerheads

More than 2 million litres of water are said to be "showered away" in the UK each day. There are several simple ways to save water in your shower.

The amount of water that can pass through a showerhead that uses less water is limited. The water use of newer models is often reduced by over 50% while still giving you a pleasant showering experience.

As far as installation is concerned, it is not too difficult. Your old shower head needs to be unscrewed in order to be replaced.

It's crucial to keep in mind that a water-saving shower head won't work if your water pressure is low or your shower is electric.

3.    Shorten Your Shower Time

The typical shower lasts for around 10 minutes. Additionally, the typical shower head uses about 12 litres of water each minute.

Cutting your shower duration by only one minute results in a 10% reduction in water use. Although this may seem inconsequential, the amount of water you save over the course of a month or year is considerable.

A stopwatch timer installed on your smartphone can help you shorten your shower. Additional water savings can be achieved by turning off the shower while using soap.

Final Thoughts

Water is a precious resource and it’s important to use it responsibly. How much water you use depends on what you’re using it for, but most of us don’t know exactly how much we’re using. With this information, hopefully, you can make informed decisions about how often (and long) your bath or shower should be.