Hot water is an essential in the bathroom – nobody really enjoys an ice cold shower! Once you have installed a solar hot water system to heat your water, you may want to make changes around your home in order to reduce the amount of water used.

An easy and cheap change to make is replacing your shower head.

What is a water efficient shower head?

Also known as low-flow shower heads, these items can lower the amount of water going down the drain – without reducing the quality of your experience under the shower.

A standard shower head can use around 15-25 litres of water per minute, according to the Australian government’s Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.

What is WELS?

This scheme rates water-saving equipment based on how much money it will save you and how much it will help the environment. A star rating system is used, where the more efficient the item, the more stars it receives.

How much water can an efficient shower head save?

Upgrading to a more efficient shower head can save around 14,500 litres per household per year.

This is because they use about 40 per cent less water than standard models. According to the WELS Website, a three star-rated shower head only uses around 6-7 litres of water per minute.

However, these low-flow models can provide you with a shower experience that is the same, if not better, than a standard model.

To really feel good about your shower, invest in a solar hot water system. This means the water you use has been heated in the most environmentally friendly way.

For more information about solar hot water, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Apricus.