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Feeling Flush In An Energy-Efficient Bathroom

When splashing out on a new bathroom, make the most of the opportunity to cut your water and heating bills by installing new energy-efficient models to replace your old fittings. At the same time, make sure your existing heating system is running efficiently. To save on heating costs, and prevent the radiators in your bathroom (and all over the house) rusting inside, bleed them once a month to release any trapped air, using a square key available from DIY stores and websites.

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If you haven’t already got an energy-efficient one, click here for electric shower from Mira. A three-minute shower uses a quarter of the water of a bath (excluding power showers). You’ll save even more if you pick a low-flow shower-head.

Water flow can also be reduced by fitting inexpensive low-flow taps. Fitting a low-flow shower head or tap is a simple job a householder can do, using a wrench or pliers and the manufacturer’s instructions. It will reduce the amount of water you use by half, without decreasing the performance of the fittings. Be sure to check out shower-heads which have an off-on switch; click here for mira shower from Mira. These switches let you interrupt the water flow while you lather up with shower gel or soap, shave, or shampoo your hair, and then resume the flow to rinse off.

A brick in your toilet cistern is one method of reducing the amount of water used in each flush, but if you are buying a new toilet, it makes sense to pick a low-flow model. These are required in all new construction, in any case. They use only 7.5 litres per flush, whereas the old types use more than twice that amount. If you are on a water meter, the above steps will make a real difference and you’ll soon be feeling flush.

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