Cost of living: how much does it cost to have a shower and bath and which is cheaper?

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Cost of living: how much does it cost to have a shower and bath and which is cheaper?

As the cost of living continues to go up and the energy price cap increases, the next bill that lands on your doorstep might be far higher than you’d like.

In October the energy price cap is expected to soar to £3,549 a year. In April, it jumped nearly 60 per cent from £1,227 to £1,971. The latest increase, announced by Ofgem on Friday, will mean annual energy bills are expected to triple within six months.

The government has announced a series of energy bill support schemes aimed at helping those struggling with the cost of living, but another way of managing outgoings could be to manage your energy use, which is beneficial to both your bank balance and the environment.

But, which option is better: taking a bath or a shower, in order to save energy?

Here’s everything you need to know.

How much does it cost to have a bath?

A 100-litre bath requires 3.84 kWh of energy to heat up to 40C, with the water itself costing approximately 17p a bath, depending on the water usage and the sewerage supplier.

If you use gas to heat water, this price comes to approximately 28p, but if you use electric, the figure jumps to £1.09 a bath.

This means a bath could cost from 45p to £1.26, reported

How much does it cost to have a shower?

Electric showers are the most expensive household appliance to run, costing £159.43 a year, reported iNews.

If you’re using a 40C power shower that lasts for 10 minutes, you could go through as much as 150 litres of water, which would require 5.76 kWh of energy to heat.

The price you pay for water varies depending on your regional provider, but, Discover Water estimates that two litres from the tap costs around a third of a penny, which comes to approximately 25p a shower, reports

With an average use of 10.5 kWh, electric showers cost UK households £3.07 a week. In comparison, gas showers cost £1.48 on average each week.

All in all, that puts the price of a shower between 69p and £1.88.

Is it cheaper to have a bath or a shower?

Overall, according to the above calculations, it’s cheaper to have a bath than a shower, however, the overall cost of baths per year could increase dramatically depending on how many are taken.

To save money, consumers are urged to take shorter showers or shallower baths.