Shower & Bath Water Usage For The Family

Shower vs Bath Water Usage

A baby bath from Aquatemp Environmental Solutions is much more efficient for bathing a baby than a normal shower or bath

A baby bath is much more efficient for bathing a baby than a normal shower or bath

An Oxijet water saving shower head dispels a common misconception in that baths save more water than showering does. Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme or WELS testing confirms that WELS compliant showers use less water than baths.

However, showers do use 25% of a households water usage. A long shower is over 8 minutes and will often use more water than a regular bath – but if you have a compliant WELS rated shower head, you will save on your water bill.

The amount of water consumption for bathing vs showering

The average 8 minute shower uses about 120 litres of water, whereas an average bath uses around 140 litres, depending on depth filled. But if you install an Oxijet water saving shower head you will reduce water consumption by at least 40%. Using an Oxijet will then reduce water consumption to 72 litres. And if you manage to shower in just four minutes using an Oxijet water saving shower head, you can expect to use just 36 litres of water.

In fact an Oxijet water saving shower head ensures you feel like you are having a power shower but using a lot less water.

Bathing small children

If you have small children, sometimes bath time is unavoidable as it’s the most convenient way to get them clean. To cut costs and work towards water conservation, consider filling the bath up to just the right amount of water you need and avoid filling it to the top. Also consider bathing more than one child at the same time to cut down on water waste.

When you’re bathing a baby ensure you use a purpose designed baby bath as it is an efficient method of bathing a baby in a safe location compared with your normal bath or shower.

The time spent in a shower

A report commissioned by Energy Australia found many people shower to do ordinary things such as day-dream and brush their teeth, essentially wasting time (and water), using those minutes to escape from daily life.

shower with flowing water and steam perfect shower with OxijetThe report also showed some people love showers so much that they take three a day – wasting large amounts of water needlessly.

The study also found that during the week, teenagers spend the longest amount of time showering, taking an average of 7.41 minutes. The shortest showers were taken by those who were older than 40, and this age group spent about 6.54 minutes in the shower each time.

Women also take longer in the shower than men, mainly because they do activities that take longer, such as shaving their legs. Additionally women have a hotter shower, up to 5°C hotter than men. On weekends, women would spend about 8.08 minutes showering, whereas men would take just 7.34 minutes.

Cost comparisons

The electricity used for a shower that lasts one minute is enough to power a television for four hours, according to the Energy Australia report. However, many families didn’t realise how expensive showering can be without an Oxijet water saving shower head and that they would save more than $250 a year if they cut their showers by two minutes each time.

Think before you turn on the tap

With the cost of showering in mind, the next time you turn on the shower, see if you can take your shower in a shorter space of time. Not only will you be saving water, saving electricity and helping the environment, but you could also be saving yourself some money too.

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