Did you know that to offset the carbon footprint created by a year of showering alone, around 40 trees must be planted? Or that an average family could save 46,720 bottles of water annually simply by installing a flow regulator into a standard mixer valve?
Small changes can make a big difference, so to help raise awareness of how much water and energy is used by a typical electric or mixer shower in a residential setting, Triton has developed a new tool.
The manufacturer’s online water and energy savings calculator is designed to provide a consumer-facing point of reference for installers that can be utilised to better understand how resources are being consumed in UK homes.
Helping to highlight the critical part end-users have to play, the calculator asks simple questions about household occupants and typical showering habits, before providing personalised tips and suggestions for improvement.
The information is presented in a relatable way, such as comparing how many bottles of water are saved by showering for just a minute less – the overall aim being to prompt genuine behavioural changes that are of tangible benefit to the environment.
Tina Simpson, Marketing Director at Triton Showers, said: “We are committed to creating resources that will help everyone, from installers and specifiers through to merchants and housing associations. Whether it’s in the form of a calculator which provides expert advice, or manufacturing intelligent water heating technology and electric showers, we are constantly reviewing our offering to limit water waste and lower energy consumption.
“One of the biggest challenges we face as an industry is facilitating change from both sides. Alongside delivering increasingly sustainable solutions, we must work to educate the wider population. The recent UN survey that found two-thirds of people think climate change is a global emergency shows the level of appetite there is for change amongst the general public.”
The provision of efficient bathroom fittings is a critical element of the drive towards sustainable housing, and Triton believes it should sit alongside net-zero targets in Government priorities. The Bathroom Manufacturers Association’s recent assertion that household water efficiency measures must form a central part of public policy – across both new builds and retrofitting applications – also illustrates the urgency of this issue.
Tina concludes: “As with any significant change in the construction industry, there are a number of determining factors. Government policy and regulations are key, but manufacturers have a really important role to play too. Not just in terms of providing the latest products to be put into homes, but in nurturing impactful behavioural changes among consumers.”