More efficient shower?


When I was growing up, we didn't have a shower but we did have a bath and a hot water tank

What we'd use for a shower was to fill the bucket with warm water, and use a jug. The jug would then be your "shower"

We wouldn't reuse any water, but it did mean you had maybe 11 litres of water to shower with, and it did a really good job, except for the fact that it takes time. The average actual modern shower in contrast which we use now, typically uses around 60 litres each time. 

It especially takes time today if your central heating doesn't work, and you have to boil say two kettles, with the rest being cold water, and having a shower that way

I've seen this


But nothing much more than that. Does anyone know of any decent ones that can hopefully reduce water and energy usage whilst keeping it somewhat mechanised? 

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  • Martyn1981
    Martyn1981 Posts: 14,757 Forumite
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    Not what you asked, but I'm a fan of aerated shower heads that mix in air. You still get a powerful blast, but a lot less water is needed.

    You can get cheap aerated shower heads, all the way up to very clever and expensive ones.
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  • waqasahmed
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    Not what you asked, but I'm a fan of aerated shower heads that mix in air. You still get a powerful blast, but a lot less water is needed.

    You can get cheap aerated shower heads, all the way up to very clever and expensive ones.
    I did look up "aerated shower heads" and there aren't many of them? 
  • Martyn1981
    Martyn1981 Posts: 14,757 Forumite
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    edited 11 June 2022 at 12:54PM
    Not what you asked, but I'm a fan of aerated shower heads that mix in air. You still get a powerful blast, but a lot less water is needed.

    You can get cheap aerated shower heads, all the way up to very clever and expensive ones.
    I did look up "aerated shower heads" and there aren't many of them? 
    No probs. I've found some on Screwfix, B&Q and Amazon, but why not start here with £10 down to £1.66? [Edit - Oops, plus VAT, so £1.99. M.]

    But again, this may not be what you are looking for, just a possible idea.
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  • waqasahmed
    waqasahmed Posts: 1,926 Forumite
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    Not what you asked, but I'm a fan of aerated shower heads that mix in air. You still get a powerful blast, but a lot less water is needed.

    You can get cheap aerated shower heads, all the way up to very clever and expensive ones.
    I did look up "aerated shower heads" and there aren't many of them? 
    No probs. I've found some on Screwfix, B&Q and Amazon, but why not start here with £10 down to £1.66? [Edit - Oops, plus VAT, so £1.99. M.]

    But again, this may not be what you are looking for, just a possible idea.
    I mean £2 is a heck of a lot cheaper than.. £600
  • QrizB
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    Other ideas:

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  • paul991
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    be careful putting a aerated shower head on a electric shower especially a thermostatic one as these can damage the shower , i repaired showers for housing associations and the local council, the major faults were wrong shower head or lime scale  on the  head.
    most  navy  warships had so much hot water i never  saw a button on the shower head.
  • Martyn1981
    Martyn1981 Posts: 14,757 Forumite
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    Not what you asked, but I'm a fan of aerated shower heads that mix in air. You still get a powerful blast, but a lot less water is needed.

    You can get cheap aerated shower heads, all the way up to very clever and expensive ones.
    I did look up "aerated shower heads" and there aren't many of them? 
    No probs. I've found some on Screwfix, B&Q and Amazon, but why not start here with £10 down to £1.66? [Edit - Oops, plus VAT, so £1.99. M.]

    But again, this may not be what you are looking for, just a possible idea.
    I mean £2 is a heck of a lot cheaper than.. £600
    P&P is £599.    ;)
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  • waqasahmed
    waqasahmed Posts: 1,926 Forumite
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    paul991 said:
    be careful putting a aerated shower head on a electric shower especially a thermostatic one as these can damage the shower , i repaired showers for housing associations and the local council, the major faults were wrong shower head or lime scale  on the  head.
    most  navy  warships had so much hot water i never  saw a button on the shower head.
    Fortunately limescale isn't a big issue here. We have decent water 
  • paul991
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    our water authority was  giving  cheap aerators away free  of charge tried it once and tock it off

  • matelodave
    matelodave Posts: 8,606 Forumite
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    We've got an EcoCamel shower head (shifted it from the caravan) which reduces our flow rate down to 6 litres a minute.

    It gives plenty of water and a better spray pattern than the original Aqualisa head. My wife much prefers it to the original. It also self drains so it doesn't drip either.

    I've also fitted flow restrictors to the bathroom, and kitchen taps - they take a bit longer to fill a sink but save a lo of water when the taps are just used for rinsing your hands and stuff.

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