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World Plumbing Day!

Today, 11th March is World Plumbing Day.

What on earth is World Plumbing Day? We hear you ask.

It’s an international event organised by the World Plumbing Council designed to highlight and celebrate the vital role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society. Today marks its 5th year

Many of us take the availability of safe drinking water and sanitation for granted, but after devastating disasters as the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the Japanese tsumani in 2011, it becomes all too real that the water we take for granted could be gone in an instant.

Did you know, for example, that there is a freshwater supply of 35 million cubic kilometres globally, but than less than 1 percent is available for human consumption?

Here are some more scary facts:

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The advancement of plumbing technology in recent year has seen fantastic developments but it’s important continue the education on water conservation for future generations. 

Take a look at this video from the World Plumbing Council to show the importance of plumbing – and don’t forget to check out our handy water saving tips!

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How Much Do Showers Cost To Run?

A ‘Sustainable Shower Study’ conducted by Unilever (who own Radox bath and shower products) has revealed the nation’s showering habits and how much these habits are costing us…

Using a shower sensor to monitor showers taken by 100 families over 10 days (2,600 in total) the research had some interesting findings, including:

  • More women than men multi-task in the shower, brushing their teeth, washing hair and shaving. 
  • Teenage girls on average, spend nine and a half minutes in the shower, costing approx £123 a year
  • Boys aged 12 and under spend longer in the shower than anyone else – around 10 minutes on average

The research concluded that the cost of showering for the average four person family in the UK is £416 a year, or the equivalent of 90,000 litres of water.

An average eight minute shower, with an average water flow rate, uses approximately 62 litres of water and costs around 30p. This is compared to the average bath, which uses 80 litres of water.

So, not only will shorter showers save water, you’ll also be saving those pennies too!

 

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Interesting Facts About Showers [Infographic]

Today is World Water Way, and to raise awareness of water usage, we have posted a fascinating infographic about showering.

In the UK, around 68% of household water is used in the bathroom – mostly in toilet flushing and showers and baths.

We also found the Men vs Women statistics particularly interesting.

For example, 70% of men shower daily compared to 57% of women, however, 64% of women think about to-do lists in the shower compared to 48% of men. So does this mean that women are too busy to shower everyday? And when they do, they are still thinking about other tasks to do? This may be why they tend to shower for 2 minutes longer than men.

Have a read through and leave a comment to let us know what you think…


[Via: What are your showering habits?]

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Water Saving Infographic – Great Ways To Save Water

Saving water is one of our priorities here at Gainsborough Showers. We’re always looking for ways we can reduce the amount of water our showers use, whilst still giving a great performance for our customers.

We came across this great infographic from Water Saving Ideas which explains how much water is used in producing food and other household items. It’s a real eye opener! Although many of us often think about fixing dripping taps, turning the tap off when brushing our teeth, and taking shorter showers to save water, how many of us actually consider how much water is used to produce the food that we eat everyday?

At the end of the infographic, it suggests ways you can save water through switching certain groceries (although switching milk for beer sounds fun but we’re not quite sure about that one!)

Water Saving Infographic

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New Year, New Bathroom?

The New Year has well and truly made its mark. So what resolutions did you make? To eat healthier, to give up smoking, or to make home improvements perhaps? If you’ve struggled to think of anything, or perhaps you’ve even already fallen at the first hurdle, don’t despair, how about making some changes around the home?

The start of a new year is the ideal time to refresh and renew, and often one of the most neglected rooms of the home is the bathroom. Does your bathroom need some New Year TLC? Thankfully, designers in the industry have predicted some bathroom trends for 2013 to help you decide on a new style:

Eco-friendly

Environmentally friendly products have been popular for some time now. Consumers are beginning to realise the importance of protecting the environment, and are buying products that reflect this. Think about the rise in ‘eco-friendly’ cars, and organic, environmentally friendly food. It’s the same with bathroom products – from water-saving taps, to eco-friendly shower heads, the bathroom industry has certainly taken notice of this consumer trend, and so there is plenty of choice for eco-conscious buyers. An added benefit of eco-friendly is that it usually means money-saving as well. In addition to water-saving devices, electric showers can be an economical choice for many homes as they work independently from the hot water system. By heating water on demand, installing an electric shower can mean that less energy is used to heat stored water that could otherwise be left wasted and unused.

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Is your tap dripping? Get a new water-saving one

Save Space!

Another trend for bathrooms in 2013 is going to be clever space-saving storage options. More and more homeowners are choosing to stay and extend their homes, rather than move house.With families growing  space becomes a premium, and with bathrooms typically being one of the smallest rooms in the home, storage space becomes even more scarce. While some homeowners may be able to extend their homes, add another bathroom or even an ensuite, there are many who need to make do with the space they have. So, the demand for cleverly designed, space-saving bathroom cabinets has become much greater.

Add Some Art

Typically, bathrooms tend to be quite visually sterile, with plain, earthy tiles, and neutral colours. As homeowners get braver with their interior design, bathrooms are becoming more exciting. Now, the hot and steamy condition of a bathroom isn’t the best place to hang valuable artwork, but a bright print protected by a waterproof glass screen could be an option to add some colour whilst withstanding the humid conditions.  Another idea is to add some eye-catching tiles to add a splash of colour to the room. Be creative!

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Add some interest with coloured tiles

Sensual Spa

Another bathroom trend for 2013 is to recreate spa like experiences at home. Many of us have had lovely experiences in posh hotels and health clubs, with their luxurious bathrooms, and now the trend is to recreate these relaxing, indulgences spaces in our own bathrooms. So, from heated towel rails, to underfloor heating, ambient lighting and streamlined, we’re all looking for the latest high-tech advances to make our bathrooms as luxurious as possible. Of course, when it comes to showers, you can’t get much more luxury than a digital shower. Press the button and the shower tells you when the water is heated and the shower is ready to go – no more testing the water with your arm! Extra touches around the room, such as candles, spa-like bottles and products all add to the effect.

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Recreate the spa feel in your bathroom

Are you planning a revamp of your bathroom this year? What trends will you be choosing?

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Five Top Tips For Saving Money Around The Home

It’s only 40 days until Christmas – and if this fills you with dread rather than joy then perhaps our money saving tips might help you to get in the festive spirit…

Save Money on Flushes and Feel Flush!

Buying a water-saving ball for a few pounds into your toilet cisterns can help you save water – particularly useful if you’re on a water meter. Flushing toilets uses about 30% of household water, and one of these cistern balls only costs a few pounds to buy.

Get A Water Butt

Installing a water butt in your garden will collect rainwater from your drainpipes to provide water for plants and flowers. Not only will these help you save money if you’re on a water meter but it will also come in useful the next time a summer time hosepipe ban comes into play…

Secure Your Home and Secure Your Possessions

As the evenings get longer and darker, our homes are more and more at risk from the threat of burglary, particularly when left empty. Upgrade your home’s security features, such as good quality window and door locks, install some outside lighting and consider a burglar alarm too. Having your home burgled just before Christmas will not help the finances!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Society today has a ‘throwaway’ attitude rather than preserve and mend what we already have. Instead of throwing things out when they get a bit tired, think about how you can repair them and make them as good as new. Descale the kettle, defrost the fridge regularly to keep them in tip top condition and less likely to breakdown. Similarly with your shower – make sure the shower head is descaled frequently to make sure your shower is kept working at its best.

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Keep your shower head shiny and clean to avoid problems

Keep your receipts

Make sure to keep receipts and warranties/guarantees of large purchases in a file or box. This will ensure that they are kept safe and if anything goes wrong in the first year or two you can get it repaired or replaced for free.

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Easy Ways To Save Water

After one of the driest two-year periods on record, around 20 million people across Southern and Eastern England are now facing one of the strictest hosepipe bans ever introduced. Around 20 million people face a £1,000 fine if they defy the ban, which includes watering the garden, cleaning the car, and filling a swimming/paddling pool with a hosepipe. 

Hosepipe Ban

With the current drought situation, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the amount of water we use, and waste, on a daily basis. The average person in  England and Wales uses 150 litres of water a day. Most of this water is used for washing and toilet flushing, but it also includes cooking, drinking, car washing and watering the garden. By 2020 the demand for water in the UK could increase by 800 million extra litres of water a day.

Choosing to have a five minute shower each day instead of a bath can save up to 400 litres of water a week. Shorten your shower by a minute or two to save even more water. If you have a shower radio, try to limit your shower by listening to just one or two songs. Turn your shower off when lathering your hair, and only run the water to rinse off shampoo and shower gel.

Our digital showers feature an ‘ECO’ flow rate mode on the processor which will save approximately 25% of water compared to the ‘NORMAL’ mode. Please note that when making any adjustments to the processor settings the power must be isolated. The ‘ECO’ flow rate mode should not be selected for shower systems fitted to combination boilers.

We have collated a list of some other water-saving tips to help you get through the hosepipe ban:

1.) When rinsing fruit and vegetables, collect the water and re-use it to water houseplants.

2.) Only use your washing machine and dishwasher with a full load.

3.) Buy a water butt and collect the rainwater from your roof to water your garden.

4.) A leaky tap can waste as much as 90 litres a week – fix it today!

5.) Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and save 9 litres a minute.

6.) If you have a cold, instead of flushing each tissue away, throw it in the rubbish.

7.) If you accidentally drop ice cubes when making a drink, don’t throw them in the sink, drop them in a houseplant.

8.) For cold drinks, keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap for ages each time.

9.) Every time you boil an egg, save the cooled water for your houseplants.

10.) Only fill your kettle with enough water for your needs. This will also cut down your electricity bill.

These are just a few water-saving tips that shouldn’t be too costly to implement… do you have any other ideas?

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