How to Plan and Use Your Bathroom


Water and energy are precious re­sources and we should be careful not to waste them. In planning your bathroom and how you use it, take into account how best to conserve both water and energy. Remember that wash basins and bidets are much more economical with water than baths and are often all you need for a good clean.

The shower

Showers are more conservation-minded than baths, as well as being more purifying to wash in. Because of the easy temperature control, they can also be stimulating for the body. A shower in which you change the tem­perature rapidly from hot to cold and back again is particularly invigorating. Finish on a cold shower to close the pores of your skin.

Use Shower Bathroom

To enjoy the full benefits of a shower you need a good water pressure. If the shower is at the top of the house or where the pressure is low you may have to consider putting in a power shower to deal with this problem. Your toilet is the biggest water user in your home. You can now buy a dual flush toilet which has a short flush, using only 1.1 gallon (5 litre) per flush or half the amount of the standard toilet. Manufacturers are experimenting with shorter flushes, but until they come up with something, place a brick or water-filled bottle in your cistern to displace some of the water and give your toilet a smaller flush. Just be careful the object does not interfere with any of the wor­kings of your cistern.

Your toilet also uses energy. Each time you flush, your local water station switches on its pumps to keep the pres­sure in the system. You may also be using additional energy if your toilet is directly attached to a pump. There is not much you can do to save energy -except use the toilet less!

The shape of the bath used in the West has evolved from oval tubs and chair and hip baths. It is designed for lying full length, has a large surface area (which means the water cools rapidly) and is very wasteful on water. In the East soaking baths are shorter, occa­sionally wider and much deeper, with inside steps which both help you to get in and out and act as seats.

In general a bath uses over 250 per cent more water than a shower, with corner baths using the most water.

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