Practically every day, there are news reports about the upcoming water charges and the protestors that are attempting to prevent the installation of meters or the instatement of fees. This just highlights how much concern these future charges are causing at this very moment. This is mainly because, as it currently stands, we do not know the cost per litre. With monitoring to go into effect from October, and bills to arrive in the first quarter of 2015, it’s worth our time to get informed about water usage and how we can cut down on the amount we use.
As a general rule, we should make efforts to be more water conscious. According to research carried out on behalf of Irish Water, each person consumes approximately 150 litres per day, which is the equivalent of two full bathtubs per person. This equates to a staggering 54,750 litres per person each year. Considering the free allowance detailed by Citizens Information is capped at 30,000 litres per household, it leaves a significant balance of water usage that will be billed for.
Cutting a minute off the length of your shower could save up to 9,000 litres of water a year, according to Irish Water, while turning off the tap when brushing your teeth could save up to 7,000 litres of water. Naturally, household chores also use a considerable amount of water. The average washing machine uses up to 65 litres of water per cycle and 81% of those surveyed under-estimated how much water an average washing machine uses per load.
Of course, not all washing machines are created equal. Consumer website Which? conducted a test to compare washing machines and found that the best, in terms of water consumption, used 33 litres while the worst used 72 litres.
It certainly pays to weigh up your options and ensure that you’re getting the most efficient appliance for your money. Irish households will begin receiving bills for water usage in the first quarter of 2015, based on charging from October 2014. It’s worth making changes now and ensuring that your devices are as efficient for water consumption as possible; it will save you money in the long run.
Harvey Norman is one place that those concerned about water usage can turn to. They have looked at their range of home appliances, and ensure that they stock appliances that produce great results, yet are light on water usage. They have also trained their staff to be aware of water consumption of their products.
Visit any Harvey Norman stores nationwide to receive expert advice. Harvey Norman staff are ready and waiting to answer your questions regarding water consumption and home appliances. They can demonstrate in store the various products and show you how they can now fit into your new water conscious home. Call into stores nationwide or see www.harveynorman.ie/water for our recommendations on the most water efficient products on the market.
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Whirlpool’s 6TH SENSE® PowerClean® technology automatically senses the level of soiling on the dishes and adjusts the programme accordingly. It also means that it will wash as economically as possible with the benefit of up to 50 per cent savings on energy, water and time. In addition this programme has PowerClean® which is activated automatically (although maybe deactivated if required), and eliminates the need for any pre-washing or scrubbing of burnt on bits, as this is taken care of without using any extra water.
Precise sensors on our ActiveWater™ models like the WAQ24461 8kg washing machine assess each load individually so only the exact amount of water is used. All the washing machines in our Logixx and Exxcel ranges contain ActiveWater™ technology, making it easy to save water without compromising your lifestyle. ActiveWater™ can cut your water usage in half over a full year of washing compared to a 10-year-old appliance.
In Short: Irish Water is to monitor water use from October 2014 with bills to be sent out in 2015. Here are tips for cutting down on water use and appliances to help.