Four tips on how to reduce your gas consumption while showering
Created: 07/05/2022, 12:35 p.m
By: Andrea Stettner
Just a few changes in everyday life are enough to save gas - even when showering.
Above all, you should keep an eye on your hot water consumption.
Especially in summer, when we sweat a lot, the daily shower is indispensable for many.
high hot water consumption also causes gas consumption to skyrocket
Not a good idea, given the looming gas embargo from Russia and drastically increased gas prices.
Economics Minister Robert Habeck therefore recently called on households in Germany to save on gas – and also advised them to take shorter showers.
Because that could significantly reduce gas consumption.
No wonder: According to the NRW consumer advice center,
around 20 percent of our energy consumption goes to heat for hot water
But not only the shower time is crucial.
We'll show you some tips that you can use to save gas while you're showering.
If you reduce your hot water consumption when showering, you can save a lot on gas.
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Tips for saving gas when showering: Take a shorter shower and use less hot water
Take a shorter shower:
Anyone who spends only five minutes under the shower head instead of seven minutes a day reduces their energy costs by around 30 percent, says the head of the energy efficiency group, Reinhard Loch, to
Taking a colder shower:
Even small changes in temperature can save an amazing amount of gas and therefore money, as the energy expert explains further: “We shower with a water temperature of around 40 degrees;
To do this, we first have to heat the cold water from ten degrees to 40 degrees, i.e. by 30 degrees.
If I'm happy with 37 degrees, i.e.
three degrees less
save around ten percent of the energy
for hot water.” That's why it's also worth using only cold water when washing your hands and brushing your teeth.
Use economical shower heads:
You can also save a lot of water and energy with water-saving shower heads - and with the same shower comfort.
Children shower instead of bathing:
instead of putting their offspring in the bathtub on bathing day, parents should just rinse their little ones off.
, this reduces hot water consumption by around 50 liters, which you will also notice on the gas bill.
The general water consumption can also be minimized by taking a shower.
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Saving electricity also reduces gas consumption
If you reduce your hot water consumption with these little tricks, you can at least counteract a high gas bill.
But those who save electricity in the household also reduce gas consumption.
According to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), 10.4 percent of Germany's electricity is generated using natural gas
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