Tuesday Apr 17
There are some easy ways to become more environmentally friendly, use less resources and lower utility bills — and investing in a new Eco-T electric shower could be one of them. Steve Mongan, Head of Marketing for Redring Xpelair Group, explains more.
Within the plumbing industry there is no escaping the green agenda. There is a constant reminder of the need to save energy and resources in a bid to address environmental damage. Water saving is an important aspect of this, not only to be more eco-friendly, but also in a bid to reduce ever-increasing utility bills. There has already been talk of Britain moving towards water poverty as well as fuel poverty, which further demonstrate the need to reduce water usage.
While many homeowners want to be more energy conscious, they may feel daunted at the prospect of having to invest in expensive technology to achieve this. This should then present a good opportunity for installers to provide some valuable information and advice on simple changes they can make up maximise potential energy savings.
The bathroom is a great place to start when it comes to saving water. Very basic lifestyle changes, such as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, can have a huge impact on the amount of Redring’s Xpressions Eco-T features a timer button to control shower running time water used. From a technological point of view, shower manufacturers have become increasingly aware of the contribution they can make to water saving. Responsible manufacturers have responded accordingly by investing in research and development to expand the range of product options with a water saving feature.
There are a number of different ways that a shower can help homeowners to save water. Let’s take a look at the recently launched Redring Xpressions Eco-T to explore one of these ways in more detail.
On the button
The technology in this particular shower is centered around an Eco timer button, which allows users to accurately control the amount of time spent in the shower. This has the ability to reduce both the amount of energy and water used by 65%. In the case of the Eco-T, the timer is set for six minutes, and can be switched on at any stage while the shower is in operation, enabling users to control their showering time. A blue LED flashes to alert users that they have 30 seconds remaining before the shower shuts down.
While eco-friendly solutions are becoming increasingly popular— and necessary — it is unlikely that homeowners will want to compromise on the style and look of their bathroom. Manufacturers are undoubtedly aware of this, which is why even environmentally- kind products are still made with aesthetics in mind. Showers, including the Eco-T, are available in a range of colours such as chrome and piano black to ensure there is something to match every existing bathroom decor.
Even more importantly than aesthetics, there is no reason why convenience and safety have to be compromised either. For installers who want to reassure their customers about the safety of a shower, they should look for one that utilises thermostatic technology, which maintains a steady temperature through a multi-heating element heat exchanger. With many of these showers, there is the option to set a maximum temperature at installation, which is a great selling point to customers who have elderly family members within the home or young children.
Homeowners will also be looking for a shower that fits in with their lifestyle. People are busier than ever before, so a straightforward and simple shower is a bonus, as opposed to an old-fashioned solution that requires a huge amount of attention to get the pressure and the temperature just right. Similarly to the maximum temperature setting, a shower that is easy to adjust will help to ensure a happy customer and potentially lead to repeat business in the future.
The drive to go green is showing no signs of slowing down, and coupled with high energy prices, homeowners are increasingly aware of the technology they are willing to invest in. With this in mind, installers and manufacturers need to continue to adapt their businesses to meet changing attitudes and demands. With so many eco-friendly solutions now available on the market, installers should work with their customers in order to recommend a product that reduces their impact on tin’ environment, saves on fuel bills and also fits into their existing lifestyle.