Are you wasting water and money?
As a society we’re becoming more and more in tune with the importance of the environment and our role in trying to preserve it. Recycling has become increasingly common place for many households, whilst campaigns targeting the use of single-use plastics have started to have an impact on the daily habits of a wider proportion of the population.
With so much change happening in our daily lives, one area seems to have gone largely unnoticed. Most of us are still regularly wasting water, according to research from the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme, even though we know it’s bad for both the environment and our pockets!
WRAS has found that 80% of Brits continue to waste household water when carrying out everyday tasks, despite rising water bills and increasing concern for the planet. One in five of us still leave the tap running when washing our face or brushing our teeth, and a quarter of us admit to taking deeper baths than necessary. Even worse, almost a third of us are guilty of not reusing water when cooking or preparing food.
The average person wastes more than 8,000 litres of water whilst brushing their teeth each year
Whilst in isolation these can seem like trivial instances, wasting only a little water each day, in reality they can quickly escalate into vast amounts over the course of a year. For example, if you’re one of every five people that leaves the tap running whilst brushing your teeth, an incredible 8,760 of wasted water will have gushed down the sinkhole over the course of the year!
Julie Spinks, Managing Director of WRAS, said, “Although everyday habits – such as leaving the tap on whilst brushing your teeth – might seem inconsequential, making a few small changes can make a big difference to the amount of water we use every day. We’re urging consumers to change at least one regular habit to help prevent needless water wastage.
“Being considerate of your water usage will not only help the environment by conserving valuable water resources, but can save you money, particularly if you have a water meter.”
How can we help you change?
So we know that we’ve got to change, but how do you do it?
The great news is that our CombiSave can save you as much as 28,000 litres of water each year and the only thing you’ll need to do is contact your plumber to install it (which takes less than half an hour).
Intrigued? Let’s explain how it works…
- Every time you wait for the hot water tap to warm up you’re wasting water.
- The reason for this is that because so much water is running through to the tap it takes longer for your boiler to heat it to the required temperature.
- The CombiSave is a simple device which can be fitted next to your existing combi boiler and restricts the flow of water until it has reached the required heat.
- For example, if 10 litres flows through your boiler each minute and it takes 60 seconds to heat your water to 45c, that’s 10 litres down the drain whilst you wait.
- The CombiSave can reduce the flow of water through the boiler to just 3 litres per minute and then takes less time (40 seconds to reach the same temperature).
- This means that less water is wasted during the heating process and also that hot water is ready from the tap quicker!
The CombiSave can help to:
- Save your household up to 28,000 litres of water each year.
- Reduce gas and water bills by up to £200 each year.
- Save you 21 hours across the year waiting for your water to warm up.
- Reduce your household CO2 emissions and carbon footprint.