Frequently Asked Bathroom Questions

FAQs for water usage

FAQ Header Image (Is it cheaper to run an electric or mixer shower?)

Considering the price of gas is generally around 40% that of electricity, a mixer shower would theoretically appear to be cheaper to run than an electric shower system.

That said, electric showers usually tend to use less water and don’t need as much energy to operate properly, so plenty depends on the typical length of the showers you, or others in the household, take.

FAQ Header Image (How much water does a 20 minute shower use?)

How much water you use during a 20-minute shower will depend on what type of shower system – and in particular, showerhead – you have installed.

Low-flow showerheads will emit around two gallons of water per minute, equating to 20 gallons per 10-minute shower, and 40 gallons over the course of a 20-minute shower.

If a standard showerhead is fitted, it will use around an extra half a gallon each minute, accounting for a 25-gallon emittance every 10 minutes, or 50 gallons throughout a 20-minute shower.

*1 gallon = 4.54 litres.

FAQ Header Image (How much water does a 10 minute shower use?)

The type of shower system, and especially the showerhead, you have installed will determine how much water a 10-minute shower will use.

If you have a low-flow showerhead installed, you can expect to use about two gallons of water per minute, equalling 20 gallons throughout a 10-minute shower.

With a standard showerhead, around half a gallon more water will emerge each minute, so a 10-minute shower would use somewhere close to 25 gallons.

*1 gallon = 4.54 litres.

FAQ Header Image (What uses more water, a bath or a shower?)

In general, taking a shower will ensure you use less water than when taking a bath.

For shower systems that feature standard showerheads, around 2.5 gallons of water per minute will emerge, so a 10-minute shower will use about 25 gallons of water in total.

By contrast, filling a bath can take up to around 70 gallons of water, depending on the size.

So unless you are spending an hour or so in the shower, you’ll likely use significantly more water when taking a bath.

*1 gallon = 4.54 litres.

FAQ Header Image (What uses the most water in my home?)

Typically, the flushing of the toilet accounts for the majority of household water use. It is responsible for almost 30 per cent of indoor water consumption in an average home.

The next biggest strains on water resource stem from the use of shower systems, or from residents enjoying a relaxing soak in the bathtub.

FAQ Header Image (How much water does a 5 minute shower use?)

What type of shower system you have installed, and especially the showerhead, will help decide how much water will be used over the course of a 5-minute shower.

With a low-flow showerhead, you can expect to use about two gallons of water each minute, equating to 10 gallons over a 5-minute period.

If a standard showerhead is fit, the shower will likely emit around an extra half gallon of water per minute, so a 5-minute shower will use in the region of 12.5 gallons.

*1 gallon = 4.54 litres.

FAQ Header Image (What does PSI stand for in water pressure?)

PSI stands for pounds per square inch in relation to water pressure, indicating the force at which water enters your household from the mains water system.

Typically, homeowners prefer their household water pressure to be within the 40 and 60 PSI range, though safe water pressure gauges can vary between 30 and 80 PSI.

FAQ Header Image (What is a good water pressure for a house?)

Typically, normal water pressure sits at somewhere between 40 and 60 pounds per square inch (PSI). The majority of homeowners like their water pressure to sit somewhere in the middle, at about 50 PSI.

When measuring the water pressure in your household, you can choose to alter it to a setting that suits everyone in the home and all typical household usage.