Jaga has welcomed the findings of the biggest ever study of how British households use water which was published today using data supplied by 86,000 UK households. The survey was commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).
The report found that daily showers - with an average duration of 7.5 minutes - account for the biggest consumption of water at 25% of the total 9bn litres of water used each day by UK households. Toilets came second with 22% but the nation is also inflating their energy bills by over-filling kettles and hand-washing crockery rather than using more energy-efficient dishwashers.
Speaking on publication of the report Jaga Heating Products UK Managing Director Phil Marris said: " Energy conservation is a global and societal imperative. All too often when people think of energy use they immediately think of heating and lighting but as this report shows that there is a clear environmental and energy cost attached to the way we use water too. If anything I believe that the £228 quoted in the report that hot water use contributes to the average combined household energy bill may be an understatement. In any event, this figure is likely to increase in the years ahead as we use more water-consuming appliances.
I would endorse the energy saving tips from the EST such as washing clothes below 30degC or installing an eco-shower head to a mixer or power shower. These are all sound but I would also urge British households to install low mass, low water content LowH2O radiators as these have been independently proven to cut your energy bill by at least 10% in the average British household. When these radiators are twinned with renewable energy sources such as heat pumps, PV panels or biomass boilers as opposed to boilers, the energy savings are even more pronounced."
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