Five Key Stats About Sustainable Showering

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Martyn Brown, Contracts and Technical Manager at Triton Showers, highlights five key stats installers need to be aware of around sustainable showering, and the products that can cut down on water and energy consumption.

Sustainability is on the tip of everyone’s tongues. Whether it’s to do our bit for the planet, or to combat the cost of living and energy price rises, there is a big shift in public attitudes happening right now, with no signs of slowing down.

The knock-on effect for installers is that there now needs to be a much wider level of awareness around a product’s green credentials. Triton’s latest report, ‘Greener UK Showers: Lowering the water and energy consumption of showers in residential properties’, confirms that homeowners are more sustainably aware than ever – with a majority of those surveyed expecting homes to be built to be environmentally friendly.

With that in mind, here are five key takeaways installers need to know, along with solutions that can help achieve a greener future.

86% of respondents claim reducing water waste is important

Having surveyed 2,000 people across the UK, Triton found 86% of respondents claim reducing water waste is important to them, and they expect housebuilders to put environmentally friendly technology in their homes.

However, 64% of those surveyed were unsure how to monitor their own usage. This is where installers can help educate the market by using tools like Triton’s Energy and Water Savings Calculator. The calculator asks simple questions about household occupants and typical showering habits, before providing personalised tips and suggestions for improvement.

125 litres per person per day is the limit for water consumption

Part G of the Building Regulations stipulate that new build properties must now limit potable water consumption to 125 litres per person per day. Yet, on average, a single person will use 142 litres of water a day. As such, there’s a clear need to install products that can help reduce this usage.

By advising homeowners to switch to electric showers, like Triton’s Amore range, installers can play their part in significantly bringing both water and energy waste down. For example, from Triton’s research, a family of four can save 48,000 litres of water over a year by switching to an electric shower.

Electric showers can save the equivalent of a 1,137-mile journey in carbon emissions

Alongside water savings, electric showers can also help reduce an average family of four’s carbon footprint by 0.31 tonnes. In perspective, that’s the same volume of emissions as going from London to Valencia by car.

Electric showers work by only heating what is needed, hence why they are much more efficient in comparison to mixers. Installers can go one step further by looking for models that are registered under the BMA (Bathroom Manufacturers Association) water efficiency scheme and marked up with an EU energy label, like all of Triton’s eco models.

55% of respondents think eco-friendly models cost more, but they don’t

Talking of eco models, just over half of the respondents surveyed by Triton believe that eco-friendly showers cost more, when in reality, this is rarely ever the case.

Installers need to help bust this myth and by doing so, they can help homeowners make more informed choices. Units like the T80 Pro-Fit Eco are easy to install, whether it’s first-fix or for retrofit applications, and restricts the flow of water to limit consumption. Ultimately, a little extra spend for an eco model could be paid back quickly through reducing water bills.

Flow regulators in mixer showers can save 1,027 KwH of gas per year for an average family of four

While Triton firmly believes electric is the future of water heating, mixer showers do tend to have the advantage of delivering stronger flow rates. It is of course also dependent on the pressure of the home’s plumbing system.

These types of showers are typically less energy and water efficient, but again, by opting for an eco-mixer, significant savings can be made to water and energy bills. As a comparison, Triton’s Dene Cool Touch is installed with 12l/min flow regulators to meet Part G of the Building Regulations. Models such as the Dene Eco and Eden Eco run at a lower flow rate of 6l/min, giving homeowners the freedom to choose an option that uses less water, albeit more energy.

Ripe for change

A final statistic to end on, is that only 53% of the 2,000 people surveyed by Triton said they are using an electric shower. While this is a good starting point, evidence and economic factors suggest that now is a good time to make the switch. Installers are perfectly positioned to influence the decision and do their bit for a more sustainable showering future.

For more about Triton Showers and its Greener UK Showers Report, please visit www.tritonshowers.co.uk/greener-uk-showers