Eco bathrooms: A guide to taps and showers

Consider choosing eco-friendly bathroom fixtures as part of your latest renovation or self-build.

By Paula Woods | 2 July 2020

How eco-friendly taps and showers save water and energy without compromising on performance or style.

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Reducing water and energy usage is an important factor for anyone updating their bathroom. If you’re on a meter, using less water will reduce your bill. It will also bring down your energy use, along with your fuel costs, and lower your water company’s CO2 emissions because less energy will be needed to pump and treat your supply. Read our guide on eco-friendly taps and showers for bathrooms.

Cutting consumption

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When shopping for new taps or shower fittings, there are schemes that help identify a product’s water consumption and energy efficiency performance. Look out for the European Water label. You can also search the organisation’s product database online. Similarly, the Waterwise Recommended Checkmark highlights water-efficient products and services. And designs certified by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme are guaranteed to conform to British regulation standards.

Tap tactics

Inbuilt tap technology makes every drop go further. Flow limiters restrict water use to a specific number of litres per minute, and aerators mix air and water to produce a gentle spray. Both options are designed to reduce consumption without there being any noticeable loss of performance. German manufacturer Hansgrohe’s EcoSmart flow limiter is fitted across all its new basin mixers.

Hi-tech advances have recently brought motion control to our bathrooms. ‘Infrared sensor-activated taps dispense water when hand movements prompt the sensor into action,’ says Paul Bailey, senior category manager at Grohe UK.

Read more: 5 design ideas for an eco-friendly kitchen