Shortening showers to 4 minutes could save you £70 a year
With everyone thinking more about energy at the moment, we’ve put together some helpful tips to help save energy around the home. We teamed up with Energy Saving Trust to show you that by having shorter showers the average household could save £70 a year. Find out how cutting back your shower time from 8 minutes to 4 minutes could save you money.
How to reduce time in the shower to 4 minutes
Think you can cut your shower time down? Follow the tips below:
Get everything ready
Get everything ready for the shower before you turn the water on. No running around finding towels, shampoo, loofahs, etc with the water running. Get your shower essentials to hand first.
Get a timer
Shower timers are small devices you can fix to the wall of your shower to time your shower. Some are digital, some are similar to sand timers. They are available from a range of outlets and sometimes are available for free from water companies.
Alternatively, you could sing along to a song lasting 4 minutes to help you keep track of time. The charity Water Aid even put together a playlist of songs lasting 4 minutes.
Pause the shower
4 minutes is the shower running time you are aiming for. So, pausing the water flow in your shower to shampoo your hair, or apply conditioner, may help you hit that target time.
How taking shorter showers could save you money
Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average UK home could save £70 a year using this smart energy tip. If your supply is metered, A typical household could save an additional £70 a year, according to Energy Saving Trust.
Is there help and advice for those worried about the rising costs of energy?
Yes, if you are worried about the rising cost of energy and being able to pay your energy bills, we have information on the support and help which may be available.
Our energy saving tips are courtesy of Nesta and Energy Saving Trust
It’s important that you use the energy you need to keep warm, safe and healthy at home. Please visit our trusted partners pages for more information on how to safely implement these tips within your home - Nesta and Energy Saving Trust
Eligibility may vary. Consumer action required. Maximum savings based on reductions from 8-minute shower, original boiler flow temperature of 80 degrees, and 22-degree thermostat, savings based on a three-bedroom, semi-detached, combi boiler gas-heated home in Great Britain, paying 6.9p/kWh for gas and 27.4p/kWh for electricity and correct as of January 2024. Figures on smart meter display are for illustrative purposes only.