Help & advice
Swap your shower head for a water efficient one to save on your bills, water and energy usage. Power showers, shower towers and waterfall style showers waste the most water. Instead, look for low flow, aerated shower heads or better still, recycling showers if available.
Standard / Mixer shower
Standard or mixer showers combine hot and cold water from your home's plumbing system to provide a consistent temperature. They usually come with a manual control for adjusting the water temperature.
Electric showers heat water on–demand, independent of your home's hot water system. They have an electric heating element to warm the water as it flows through the unit.
Power showers are similar to mixer showers but have an integrated pump to boost water pressure.
Recycling showers are being developed to reduce water consumption by recycling and purifying used water. They often incorporate filtration systems to clean and reuse water during your shower. Find out more here.
Once you've decided on the type of shower that you would like, you'll then also need to consider the type of shower head and controls that you want to go for!
Aerating shower head
There is substantial evidence that these fixtures effectively save both water consumption and energy in heating or pumping, all without noticeable differences in performance. The Energy Saving Trust estimates this will save 40 litres a day or £70 a year.
Aerating shower heads mix air with water, creating a mist–like spray. This not only enhances the feeling of water coverage but also conserves water by maintaining water pressure.
Fixed shower head
Fixed shower heads are securely attached to the shower arm or ceiling. They are simple to install, but have little to no adjustability.
Dual shower head
Dual shower heads feature two shower heads in one unit; a fixed shower head and a hand–held one, allowing users to control each independently. The hand–held one comes in very handy for cleaning the bath / shower unit and is also useful when you don't want to wash your hair!
Waterfall shower head
Waterfall shower heads provide a wide, cascading flow of water. These shower heads typically use a substantial amount of water, so are not an environmentally friendly option and will increase related bills.
Concealed / Ceiling mounted shower head
Concealed or ceiling mounted shower heads tend to be waterfall shower heads which are mounted above or flush with the ceiling, creating a seamless and modern look.
Shower towers are vertical panels with multiple jets and features, such as body jets, rainfall shower heads, and handheld attachments. These shower heads typically use a substantial amount of water, so are not an environmentally friendly option and will increase related bills.
With a digital shower, you can instantly pause the water flow while shampooing your hair, and when you resume, the temperature and flow remain unchanged, saving water. Additionally, you can preset the shower duration, useful for households with teenagers who tend to take lengthy showers.
A digital shower has electronic controls for temperature and flow, and can help save energy with feedback on usage and precise control over temperature.
Exposed thermostatic shower
An exposed (surface-mounted) thermostatic shower valve contains all its components within its valve body and is attached to the outer surface of the wall.
Concealed thermostatic shower
Valves and pipework are concealed within the wall, leaving only the shower head and shower mixer visible from the outside.
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