The secret? A double effect. First, they reduce the amount of water by accelerating the flow and second, they introduce compressed air into the jet. The result is bubbling water that feels just like a real soaking but consuming half the amount of water and the energy needed to heat it.
They are really easy to fir and it takes just a moment to install them on the taps in the washroom and in the kitchen. And if that is not enough, they are quite inexpensive.
If you would like to go one step further and save even more water at home, there is an increasing selection of shower systems that recycle the water and can save up to 90% of water.
A small investment can give a large return
If the time has come to replace the shower head, here are two suggestions we think are interesting for saving hot water at home:
- Low consumption heads . They save water and energy because they have a built-in flow regulator. Although they use 30% to 50% less water, you won't notice any difference in the water pressure.
- Smart shower heads with LEDs. Feel happy while you save with a simple and fun idea that shows you how much water you have used with changing colours. They are activated by water pressure and change colour to show you how much water you have consumed. Green up to ten litres, blue up to 20, purple up to 30 and red when you go over 40. They are perfect.
Size matters when it comes to saving hot water
Another effective way to save hot water is by having an electric water heater suitable for the real needs of your home. Heating water in a larger than necessary water tank is wasteful.
So, if you are going to install a new one or upgrade the one you have, use this short guide as a reference:
- For one person, a 30-litre heater may be sufficient (although a 50-litre one will give you more flexibility).
- For two, a 50- or 80-litre heater is recommended.
- For three or four residents, at least a 100-litre heater is best.
- For more than four, the situation requires a heater of 200 litres or more. These are extremely large appliances that are almost two metres high.
It may be a good idea to think about replacing your heater with a natural gas one and enjoying instant hot water.
In any case, always choose the most efficient water heater possible. Although they are a bigger short-term investment, in the long run you will have made a very wise choice.
But it does not end here, we have many more ideas when it comes to saving hot water.
7 Additional tips for saving hot water at home
- Turn off the tap while you are putting on the soap: This saves 10 litres of water per minute.
- Turn off the tap while you shave or brush your teeth.
- In the kitchen do the same, turn off the tap while washing the dishes and you will see how much water you save.
- If you use a dishwasher we have a number of tips to save water at home. Only switch it on when it is full or use the eco programmes for half load if you need to use it before.
- Nowadays, it is no longer necessary to pre-wash the dishes by hand before putting them in the dishwasher. This is how you can save so much hot water as well as making much more sustainable use of energy.
- Thermostatic controls enable you to configure the programme so the water comes out at the desired temperature and with the ideal flow. They cost more than a normal tap, but in the long run, they compensate by being more efficient and saving hot water and energy.
- Re-use water: it sounds complicated and strange, but it is much simpler than you think. There are a number of ways, from the simplest (put a bucket under the tap to catch the cold water that runs out until the hot water arrives) to the most sophisticated (that are not actually complicated to install). That water you have rescued from the drainpipe can be used to mop the floor, water the plants, or refill the toilet cistern. Here there is no end to saving water at home.
Remember that when it comes to saving hot water you are helping to reduce energy costs and reduce the consumption of a commodity as precious as water.
However, do not be overwhelmed by so many suggestions, you can follow them gradually and ask us about our proposals whenever you want.
In our blog we are always publishing tips to help you lead a more sustainable life and one that is more respectful with our environment.