Homes #TapChat shower tips Some like it hot, some like it steamy, some like it long, and some would rather have it over with right away. How long we spend in the shower (and what we do while in there) varies a lot, yet long showers takes time, dries out your skin, and if you’re on a meter, costs you money too. 1) Use a timer Ready, steady, shower. A shower timer is a great way to keep track of how long you spend in the shower. Why not make a game out of it and challenge each other to have the shortest showers? Our favourite is the KLOCKIS timer from IKEA, or order a free one from your water supplier. Try and aim for the recommended 4 minute shower and see how close you can get. Every minute counts. 2) Get a (free) shower head Whereas a standard shower uses about 30 litres per 5 minute shower, a power shower splashes away 60 - 100 litres per shower – that’s more than a bath. Changing your shower head to a water saving one is a no-effort way to save water. Most water suppliers offer free ones. If you’re with Affinity Water you can order one here. 3) Try waterless hair washes Showering can dry out your skin and hair, especially when they’re long and warm. Avoid dryness, and the itchiness that comes along with it, by shortening your showers and switching some hair washes to dry shampoos instead. You can still reach those high notes while spraying. We like this one from LUSH. 4) Use cold shower water to water plants How we pass time when waiting for the shower to get hot varies a lot, with some us finding the time to boil the kettle or do some stomach crunches. No one likes getting into a cold shower, but if you’ve got time to borrow sugar from the neighbour you’re probably leaving the shower running for a bit too long. Try to stay focused – leaving the bathroom is not a great idea. If you have to wait ages for the shower to heat up, try collecting the water in a bowl and use it to water your plants. Your garden and your water bills will thank you for it. How long do you shower for? Do you leave time for a second chorus of “under my umbrella”? Take the #TapChat quiz below to find out what type of water user you are and join the #TapChat. What type of water user are you? Take the #TapChat quiz and find out!Are you a Busy Bee, a Water Hero or just a bit of a Day Dreamer? Take the #TapChat quiz to find out, access tips for saving water (and time) that are right for you, and for a chance to win an Apple iPad. Water you waiting for? Get quizzing! You're a Busy Bee!You clearly lead a very busy lifestyle, how did you find time for this quiz? When you're always rushing around getting things done, it can be tricky to find time to stop and think about things such as water usage. Still, whoever said that time is money was clearly referring to water use, and with so many simple water-saving hacks there’s nothing stopping you from saving time, money and water. You're a Day Dreamer!Your mind is constantly wandering, thinking up new ideas, exciting adventures to be had, or maybe just what you'll have for dinner later today… Being a daydreamer can be a dream - studies have even shown that the best ideas tend to come from people like you. Still, being a daydreamer also means that you might be prone to losing track of time when showering, brushing your teeth or doing the dishes, which can add up to a higher water use than necessary. Click through for dreamy ways of saving water every day. You're Easy Going!Dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor, flowers in need of a bit of water… Sounds familiar? Some people may call you lazy, but you just prefer an easy-going lifestyle. You're not easily stressed out and prefer to leave chores such as doing the dishes for a little later. Luckily for you, there are loads of ways you can save water that requires little or no effort. Click through to find top tips - we promise they're easy to do. You're Super Clean!Looking fabulous feels great, as does having a sparkly clean home. But keeping up appearances can require a lot of effort, and can use a lot of water too, not all of which is necessary. Get started with our simple tips for saving water, we promise they won't cramp your super clean style. You're a Water Hero!So you turn the tap off when brushing your teeth, never run a half load, and capture rainwater in a water butt. No wonder you consider yourself a water-saving hero, and rightly so: you’re doing great! Still, following the driest autumn/winter in more than a decade even the most conscious water user can do a bit more - for the good of your pocket and the environment. Click through to find to tips for saving even more water. Which alarm clock is yours?What does your sink look like?What are you doing on a typical Friday night?When did you last wash your sheets?Which friends character are you?2/3 of people don't think they can use less water. What's holding you back?We all have a life mantra - which one sounds like yours?How long do you take in the shower?How would your friends describe you?Toilets use around 30% of water in the home. Would you share a flush to save water?If you could have one superpower, which would it be?