Brits are being offered tips on how to reduce energy and water costs in their bathrooms to help save money amid expected rise in bills.
Bathroom experts from Posh.co.uk have revealed nine easy-to-follow tips to lower costs including using an aerator on taps and descaling the water system.
Households are expected to see a 6% rise in their water bills from April with this increasing over the next seven years by an average of 35% from 2023 to 2030.
To help cope with the rising costs, the experts have identified simple ways for households to lower their bathroom expenses.
Andy Ellis, bathroom expert at Posh.co.uk said: “We don’t realise how every shower, bath, run of the tap and even flush of the toilet can quickly rack up the monthly bills.
“There’s also the issue of water bills which are expected to rise by an average of 35% over the next seven years.
“There’s the electric and gas bills to bear in mind as well as many of us will have our heating on throughout winter to keep our bathrooms warm.
“That’s why we wanted to offer easy-to-follow tips to help households cut down on their energy costs so they aren’t left out of pocket when the bills come out.
“Making simple changes such as switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and fixing water leaks around the shower can help knock off the price every month.”
Here are nine ways to lower energy costs in the bathroom:
- Fix leaks
Shower leaks may not be noticeable at first which is why it’s best to spend every few weeks inspecting the appliances for any leaks. An unfixed leak can result in wasted water and energy costs, making a quick shower cost considerably more.
- Descale the water system
Limescale build-up in the water pipes can cause the boiler to work harder in pushing out warm water which will drive up the energy bill. Make sure to descale the water system if this happens and to put shower heads in a bag of white vinegar to remove limescale off the surface.
- Switch To Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Changing your bathroom bulbs to energy-efficient LED bulbs can help save on energy costs. LEDs use on average 90% less energy compared to incandescent bulbs.
- Use smartphone apps
Downloading smart home apps is a great way to monitor how much energy and water you’re using in the home and can help you keep an eye on costs.
- Use an aerator
The simple attachment can be placed at the end of your tap to help reduce water wastage but still provide an efficient amount to use.
- Turn off standby devices
Devices such as electric toothbrushes and shavers can still drain energy from being plugged in even if they’re not in use. Make sure to turn off all standby devices to prevent any wasted energy.
- Cut showers by three minutes
Brits on average take eight-minute long showers which is three minutes over the recommended time. Taking a few minutes off every shower can help cut the water bill significantly.
- Install a cistern bag
A cistern bag can help save one to two litres of water on every toilet flush. Having one installed can help cut water costs and they only cost a few quid to purchase and a couple minutes to install.
- Opt for mist showers
Having a mist shower can reduce water usage without compromising the enjoyment of a hot shower. The restricted stream is also more gentle and smooth to shower in.