Hansgrohe's tips for saving water: It is becoming increasingly important to conserve this precious resource – every drop counts

hansgrohe's tips for saving water

Protect the environment and save it in the process: it's as simple as that

Anyone can save water: some surprisingly simple tricks can often help you to protect our environment and reduce energy consumption. Sometimes it's a question of technical innovations, but sometimes all that's needed is to replace a seal. Last but not least, we can make small changes to our everyday habits. It's more important than ever to save water, because providing drinking water from a technical point of view and waste water treatment are becoming increasingly expensive. Everywhere we see urbanisation, industry and increasing demands competing for that scarce resource, drinking water.

Find what you can personally do every day for the environment and for your budget here: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When washing your hands, cleaning your teeth, or shaving: don't leave the water running

Depending on the mixer, some 5 to 20 litres of water are lost in this way – every minute! Turn off the water when you don’t actually need it or use a tooth brush beaker. A wet shave requires only a small amount of water, which you can run into the bowl before shaving.

Constant dripping wastes thousands of litres every year

At first glance, a dripping mixer may well have little effect on the individual water bill. But the sheer number of households means that the extra consumption for the community adds up to an unnecessary extra for water treatment. Think of the environment and get the mixer sealed as soon as possible.

For a full bath, you need at least 140 litres of water

Showering, however, consumes far less water, particularly when using a Hansgrohe shower with EcoSmart technology. Incidentally, the most economic shower is the Crometta 85 Green, our 6-litre shower. For a three-minute shower, water consumption is only 18 litres – without sacrificing any of the pleasure.

 

 

EcoSmart technology from hansgrohe

The aerator integrated into the spout of the mixer enriches the water with air. This decreases consumption by up to 60 percent to around 5 litres per minute – but with the same high level of comfort. A precision elastomer reacts automatically to changes in the water pressure and changes its shape, ensuring that the water flow is limited at a constant level.

A special flow regulator and specially adapted spray jets also make it possible to save up to 50 percent of the water used by conventional showers when showering. This is made possible by the EcoSmart regulation technology which uses an O-ring which reacts flexibly to the water pressure: if this is high, the ring decreases the aperture, at low pressure it increases it correspondingly and thus keeps the water consumption constant. Because less water needs to be heated overall, the   smart EcoSmart technology helps to save energy as well.

A large portion of drinking water is the water used for flushing the toilet.

Installing a flush/stop button or a dual flush system is particularly worthwhile, since small flushes usually don’t require more than 3 litres of water. This can save up to 10,000 litres of drinking water per person per year (ten cubic metres: your water supply company bill will tell you what that represents in your locality).

Water-consuming appliances: pay attention to energy efficiency and capacity

When buying a new washing machine or dishwasher, pay attention to their energy efficiency class, and choose a model of class A or, even better, A+ or A++.

Limit hot water consumption – protect the environment

Anyone who doesn't have solar collectors on the roof invariably consumes energy sources for hot water provision. Therefore: People who save hot water are also reducing consumption of carbon dioxide, which damages the climate. A household of four people can reduce consumption of CO2 by up to 700 kg per year by using water-saving showers.

Consider the environment when washing the car

Car washes that bear the Blue Angel eco-label use the wash water multiple times. It is cleaned in a recycling system, and oil residues are removed. An environmentally friendly carwash such as this not only provides you with a clean car, but is also easier on the environment.

AirPower technology by hansgrohe

Do you want total pleasure when showering? By infusing water and air with the Hansgrohe AirPower technology, the droplets become plumper, the shower spray becomes more voluminous, the shower experience more intensive.

Single lever mixer instead of two handle mixer

It is quicker to set the desired water temperature with a single lever mixer than with a two handle mixer, and this reduces the amount of water going to waste down the drain.

Green lawns are nice, but not at any cost

Lawns generally do not need watering, even brown grass recovers on its own after getting the next shower of rain. In the rest of the garden you should use water sparingly and only water plants and flowers at dusk. That way, less water evaporates unused on the beds and in pots.

Buying habits have an influence on water consumption

For example, producing 1 kg of paper made from fresh fibres creates 100 litres of waste water, while the production of recycled paper obtained from waste paper uses only 15 litres of water per kg, and conserves resources. When buying toilet paper or writing paper, look out for "Blue Environmental Angel" certification.

Be mindful of conserving resources when grocery shopping

For example, the artificial irrigation of vegetable fields in dry regions entails huge environmental problems. A diet geared towards seasonal and regional availability is not only better for the environment, but also better for your health.

Returnable bottles protect the environment – and the water balance too

Deposit bottles, whether glass or PET, limit the consumption of materials and energy. A lot of water is lost in the manufacture of non-returnable bottles.

Use water twice – that would really save water

Grey water processing – the targeted re-use of only slightly dirty domestic water from shower and bath tub is really smart. The Pontos AquaCycle system from the Hansgrohe brand prepares the waste water for reuse without the use of chemicals. This saves valuable drinking water. Planned in good time, this technology can be easily integrated in new constructions or in the case of a complete redevelopment of projects with a process water requirement from 2,000 litres per day. More about water recycling with Pontos AquaCycle.

This technology is even more profitable when combined with heat recovery.  Pontos HeatCycle recovers energy from the grey water before it disappears down the drain, reducing the outlay and costs needed for supplying hot water by up to 20 percent. Good for the environment, good for your purse.