A new local initiative could help households save hundreds a year on water and power bills through the free installation of efficient showerheads.
The initiative is delivered by EcoMatters Environment Trust, thanks to support from Live Lightly, Mitre 10 and Watercare.
Showers use around 80% of a household’s hot water, with hot water heating making up about a third of a household’s power or gas bill.
An efficient showerhead uses around a quarter less water than most regular shower heads, while still providing a great shower experience.
“If a household has a showerhead that’s using more than nine litres of water a minute, it’s like pouring money, energy and water down the drain,” says Carla Gee, from EcoMatters Environment Trust.
“We want to help households change that by installing efficient showerheads for free. Saving money and saving water is great for people’s pockets and for the environment, particularly while Aucklanders are being asked to conserve water.”
Efficient showerheads reduce the amount of hot water being delivered, but maintain a great shower experience.
To be eligible for free installation, households must have a mains pressure hot water system, an existing handheld, high flow showerhead, and be in New Lynn, Green Bay, Kelston, Rosebank, Avondale, New Windsor or Blockhouse Bay.
Eligible households can find out more and book their free installation at ecomatters.org.nz/showerhead
Please get in quick, as this is a pilot project with a limited number of showerheads available initially.