Bathroom expert shares how you can cut your utility bills for £303 by following four simple tips


With the cost of living crisis hitting the UK hard, many of us are looking for ways to save a few pennies here and there when we can.

A new survey has identified just how much our bathroom practices are costing not only ourselves, but the environment tol. Asking 2,000 Brits about their shower and bath routines, Drench found that it costs the average Brit £236.80 a year to shower.

It was also found that the average cost of a bath comes to around 83p. If we were to have a bath every day, that cost would come to a hefty £302.95 per year. With bills continuing to rise, these numbers could only get higher as we venture deeper into 2022.

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The UK uses 56.4 trillion liters of water annually from showers – the equivalent to 518,493 cruise ships – and 24.3 trillion liters from baths. Wales Online reports that the average Brit can expect to spend £16,576 on showering and £24,591.60 on baths over a lifetime (based on April 2022 water and energy prices).

Not only that but one month of baths in the UK will create 36 billion of CO2 – the equivalent CO2 emissions from 40 billion pounds of coal burned.

As Dominic Lees-Bell, bathroom expert at Drench.co.uk explained: “While we don’t want you to stop enjoying your downtime in the shower or bath, we can all make a difference with a few adjustments. We’ve revealed some helpful tips to cut down on water in the bathroom, which benefits the planet and your pockets with savings of up to £303.”

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Save £118 by installing a water-saving shower head

Aerator shower heads combine water with air, creating larger droplets of water and giving the feeling of more water than there is. These showerheads – which you can usually get for as little as £15 – use up to 50 per cent less water, so you can cut your showering costs in half and save a nice £118 over a year.



Changing your shower and bath routines slightly could save you more than £300 a year

Save £88 by taking a five minute shower

The average person spends eight minutes in the shower and will use 62 liters of water. However, did you know by just cutting down your showering time by 3 minutes you could save 23 liters of water? Over a year you could save £88 in water and energy bills.

Not sure how to cut down your showering time to 5 minutes? Well, a good way to keep track of time is by creating a 5-minute playlist. Of course, you could set yourself a timer, but who doesn’t love a good song in the shower? If you need a suggestion, Justin Timberlake’s Senorita comes out just a few seconds shy of the 5 minute goal.

It’s also a good idea to have your bathroom organized and ready to go, so you’re not wasting time looking for your toiletries.

Turn the water off whilst you shave and save £59

It takes about two minutes to shave and, in that time, you would have wasted 15.6 liters of water. Why not turn the shower off whilst you shave and save £59 annually in water and energy bills?

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You could use a bucket, jug or any type of container and place it in the shower to collect water. Then, when you turn off the shower to shave, use your collected water to rinse your razor.

Save £38 by plugging the drain whilst waiting for the water to turn hot

In some households, it can take as long as a minute before your water turns hot. If you don’t have the plug in, you could waste as much as 10 liters of water.

So, rather than waiting for your water to turn hot and letting all that water (and money) go down the drain, keep your drain plugged and adjust the temperature whilst the bath runs, saving you £37.95 annually.

Got your own water saving tips to keep costs low? Share them in the comments below.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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