If you suspect that your shower head uses too much water, probably it does.
It is rather easy to find out the water flow of a shower head and get to know if it is wasting or conserving water.
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The shower head water usage will depend on diverse factors like:
> The water pressure at home
> The type of shower head
> How well are maintained the shower head and the pipes
Instead of providing a random number, we would advice to measure the water flow to find out the exact water usage of your shower head.
For example, we measured a shower head water flow and found out that it was using 11 liters per minute.
That is far too much water.
Therefore, we decided to install a flow reduction valve which decreased the water usage to 7 liters per minute.
Before moving ahead, and because one image is worth a thousand words, we recommend to watch this YouTube video where we explain how to read a water meter.
The calculator below can be used to estimate the shower head water flow, the water usage and cost over a period of time.
You just need to adjust the values in the PARAMETERS section to your requirements and the calculator will automatically display the RESULTS section.
To use the calculator you need to know how much you are paying for cubic meter, gallon or any other water measurement unit that it is used in your country.
If you don’t have this information, have a look to the information we provide below.
On your contract or water bill you should be able to find how much you are paying per every cubic meter or every gallon of water you use.
The water cost will depend on what country or city you live.
According to this water prizes survey article, the areas with the most expensive water are North America and Western Europe. While areas like South Asia, Middle East and North Africa have the cheapest water.
On to this other european cities water prize article, it can be appreciated the big prize difference between countries in Europe. From Italy with the cheapest water cost and 0.40 euro per cubic meter to Norway with the most expensive water at 5.51 euro per liter.
We know that not everyone uses liters so if you are from the US you can use this calculator to convert liters to US gallons.
Equally, if you are from the UK you can use this calculator to convert liters to UK gallons.
A few other examples from our ‘Water usage and water cost calculators‘ page that may be of your interest:
We have a page dedicated to explain how to save water at home.
As an example, see below a few examples and videos on how to use less water at home and save money.
You may want also to have a look this YouTube video where we explain how much water does a tap aerator save and how to install a water saving tap aerator.
Additionally, you may want to have a look the the post where we review what is more efficient, washing the dishes by hand or using the dishwasher.
If you are looking for ideas to save water at home, have a look to this YouTube video were we show some useful tips to reduce the water usage at home and decrease the water bill.
An average shower head uses around 9 liters of water per minute.
It depends on the temperature of the hot water and your own preferences.
If you would like to know how much hot water you are using every time that you are having a shower, you should the the following:
> Make sure that nothing else is using water at home
> Take note of the water counter from you water meters, from both hot and cold water meters
> Have your shower
> Take again note of the water counter from you water meters
> Substract the new values from the values you took before taking the shower
> Now you know how much hot and cold water you have used for having a shower.
It depends on many factors, like the water pressure or they type of shower head.
Above we have described the way to find out both the cold and hot water usage while having a shower.
You just need to add both the cold and hot water usage to find out how much water you are using for a 5 min shower usage.
It depends on the shower head.
Around 1.5 gallons for an eco shower head to around 2.5 gallons for a standard shower head.
Water conservation can be defined as the decision and the act of using less water
Water conservation both benefit you and the environment
The act of saving and conserving water does benefit you because you will be paying less on your water bills.
And it also does benefit the environment because conserving water prevents any unnecessary waste of natural resources.
Now, at individual level it may not look worth to try to save a few litres or gallons here or there.
Still, every little counts and if hundreds or thousands of us do save a little every time, it will make an important contribution towards conserving our natural resources.
If we could reduce our shower heads water usage, even a very small amount, it would make a big impact on preserving our natural resources.
For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 5 liters of water per day:
> Collectively, we would be saving over 16,000,000 liters of water per year!
> Collectively, assuming a cost of 2 euro per cubic meter of water, we would be saving nearly 33,000 euro per year!
Buying an energy effcient appliance or device is going to save electricity, water and decrease your energy and water bills, but at what prize?
Find out if you have paid a reasonable prize for that efficient device or appliance.
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