If you are remodelling your house and it’s time to call in the help of a plumber, what are you going to tell him? Do you want a shower or a bath?

A shower is quick and easy. If you’re stuck for time, you can jump in, rinse yourself down and be out, clean and dry within five minutes.

A bath is a more relaxed affair. You need to wait for it to heat up while when you’re submerged in water and bubbles you can stay a bit longer so long as the water is to the required temperature. Sitting down, thinking about your long day at work, a bath is definitely the more relaxing option, one to de-stress.

But which option should be used to help the environment? Does a bath or shower use more water? How much water does each use and are there effective water saving methods if you prefer baths over showers, or vice versa?

The option that is better for the planet is clear. On average having a shower will use 75 litres for a 10-minute shower while running a bath for yourself will use over 136 litres. As well as this, shower heads are now on the market that reduce water usage even further.  So, if you are worried about your water usage and the environment, then showers are certainly the way to go.

If you do like baths over showers, you can take certain steps to cut down on your water use too. Running a bath just once a week can save hundreds of litres of water while even taking the step of ensuring your bath isn’t too full can help.

While if you prefer to take a shower, the average shower is said to last only up to seven minutes so if you’re showers are lasting longer than this you have a problem! If you are spending 30 seconds up to a minute waiting until the water heats up, you should look into a more effective water heater for your house. This will save you time in the long run as well as money spent on energy consumption.

One thing to remember is the shorter you spend in the shower the greater your savings will be and the less damage you are doing to the environment. So, while doing some remodelling, make sure you consider this when telling the plumber what you want.