Engineering specialists Teddington’s CombiSave product, designed to help housing associations improve the water efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of their properties, has been awarded the ‘Waterwise Recommended Checkmark’.
Waterwise, the leading independent authority on water efficiency in the UK and Europe, runs the Waterwise Recommended Checkmark scheme to highlight the most water-efficient products and services in the UK.
The CombiSave is a small, thermostatically controlled valve which can be fitted to most combination boilers and helps to reduce waste — helping housing associations across the UK to meet their environmental goals, while at the same time benefiting tenants through reduced utility bills.
The device can be installed in minutes and automatically controls the flow of water every time a hot tap is turned on, allowing the boiler to heat the water faster and only returning the flow to normal once a useable temperature is reached.
Independent research by consultants EA Technology, based around an International Boiler Test Standard, has shown the CombiSave can save an average of 27,756 litres of water a year for a typical two-person household. A little over 600kWh of energy is also saved in the heating process, reducing CO2 emissions by 130kg a year.
When converted to current price tariffs this equates to savings of £23.22 a year for gas and £49.40 a year for those on a water meter. The time it takes for water to heat up is also reduced by almost half.
Kenneth Maxwell, Sales Manager at Teddington, said: “It’s great to be recognised with the Waterwise Recommended Checkmark. It represents a relatively simple, cost-effective opportunity for housing associations to reduce the carbon footprint of their overall portfolio while at the same time helping tenants to save money on their utility bills.”
Aaron Burton, Director of Policy and Innovation at Waterwise, added: “The CombiSave product addresses a real source of wasted water in the home. It’s a great combination of water saving whilst keeping the same level of performance, which is what water efficiency is all about. This is particularly important with the hot weather and hosepipe bans currently affecting the UK and Ireland.”