Save in the shower
Taking a shower means enjoying warm water and getting clean as well. However, each turn easily takes 70 liters of water that needs to be heated first. If you keep time or shower a little less often, you save water, energy and the money it costs. Be sustainable and cost-concious!
Did you know that...
- Almost 43% of your water use in the house is spent in the shower?
- More than 20% of your energy consumption is spent on hot water for the bathroom and kitchen?
- Depending on the type of shower, you use between 44 and 80 liters of water per shower?
That should be less, right? Well here's our advice!
Tip 1: shower one song - max. 5 minutes
Many people have taken shorter showers since energy prices have risen so much. If you reduce your 8 minute shower to 5 minutes every day, you will save € 150 per year in energy and water. That's good for the climate as well, because purifying less water, heating it up and then purifying it again means less CO2 emissions. Groovy, but can it be more fun, more comfortable?
Yes, of course! Keeping track of time is often a challenge in the shower. That is why we advise you to put on some nice music and use it as a shower timer. Pick a number under 5 minutes and try to keep your shower time within that number's duration. Just give it a try! We have collected some songs for you on Spotify: the playlist is called 'Douchen met Dunea' (which means taking a shower with, well... us :).
Tip 2: a water-saving shower head
Do you have trouble shortening your shower time or do you want to save more? Check if your shower has a water-saving shower head. This is very common, but not everyone has one at home yet. According to Milieu Centraal, you can quickly save € 40 per year by installing a water-saving shower head.
Do I have one?
How do I recognize a water-saving shower head? A shower head is water-saving if water flows through at less than 7.2 liters per minute. Sometimes this is indicated in small letters on the shower head. If not, you can easily measure it yourself:
- Take a half-liter measuring cup and a stopwatch (for example, your phone's stopwatch)
- Open the shower to full and let the water flow into the measuring cup.
- Start the stopwatch as soon as you hold the measuring cup under stream.
- If the measuring cup overflows within 4 seconds, it is not a water-saving shower.
How does it work?
There are different types of shower heads that save water. Usually, a flow limitation device ensures that less water flows through the shower head. Air is often added to the water jet in order not te lose comfort. Even rain showers can be smart like that.
I want one!
Every hardware store has them. These shower heads are guaranteed to save water: view the list from Milieu Centraal.
Smart water use
Showering like this is not the only way to use less water. Are you curious how you can use water responsibly in other places in and around the house? Then click on the button below.