Here are our top ten points to consider before you buy an eco tap.
This article is part of our series to help you understand what distinguishes quality from poor products and what questions to ask yourself before making a purchase. We are also happy to help over the phone on 0333 123 5464.
1 Can my existing tap take an aerator?
If your tap can take an aerator, you can make significant water savings by spending very little. Why shell out on a tap when you can get a similar effect for a tenth of the price? Then use that saving to upgrade other taps or make big savings by changing your lighting to energy efficient LED.
The only thing to bear in mind is that in heavy use areas like kitchens, an eco tap is a better option to ensure adequate volume of water.
If you are unsure whether your tap can take an aerator, then consult our guide.
2 How often is the tap used?
In order to discover your savings potential, you will need a good estimate on how much the tap is used.
For basin taps, we advise that the average use is around 4 minutes per person, per day. Obviously, this will vary from person to person and each tap will be used much less than this average if you have several in your house.
In contrast, many of our hotel clients have much larger usage so if you are a B&B owner you might want to consider a higher figure.
The way kitchen taps can be used varies greatly from household to household. You could monitor your usage over a day to get a fair idea.
3 What’s my current flow rate?
You can discover your tap’s current flow rate with the help of one of our flow bags. This information is part of what is needed for a savings estimate so the more accurately you record it, the more accurate your savings estimate will be.
4 What new flow rate can I buy?
Our range of hansgrohe EcoSmart taps come with two flow rates. Basin taps run at a standard 5 litres per minute. Kitchen taps run at a standard 12 litres per minute.
Both hansgrohe kitchen and basin taps are compatible with our aerators so should you wish to restrict them even more then that option is available to you.
With the above information you can use our website to get a tailored savings estimate. Simply go to the product page of the tap you want to buy, where the new flow rate is already filled in for you. Then add in your current flow rate and how much the tap is used to see what you could save.
Our installation team install thousands of units each year and have told us that hansgrohe is a cut above. We want nothing but the best for our customers and so we only sell the best. Make sure you understand the benefits you’re missing out on before you go for that cheaper, off-brand, product.
The biggest plus when buying genuine hansgrohe products is the manufacturer’s 5-year warranty. Rest assured that your product is protected by the covenant of a global brand, whose dedicated customer services team will not quibble should you have a problem.
8 Additional reassurance
Independent bodies also rate products to give assurances to consumers. The most well-known of these in the water products industry is the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS).
Many of the products in the hansgrohe range we stock are WRAS approved. This means they comply with numerous additional safety requirements above and beyond the minimum and that they meet strict guidelines for water efficiency.
9 Do I have any specific requirements?
As well as seeking additional reassurance, you should consider if you have any special requirements. For example, hansgrohe have pioneered their ‘Select’ system which is now being added to their range of taps.
Select products have easy to use push buttons which are suitable for people with limited use of their hands. Hotels in particular are already starting to use these products for their customers.
hansgrohe continue to innovate in the industry and design several products for specific needs. If you are looking for a specialist item, then call our experts on 0333 123 5464 and we will liaise with yourself and hansgrohe to find a solution.
10 Spare parts
hansgrohe’s commitment to minimising waste also means they have an extensive range of spare parts.
hansgrohe stock spare parts for at least 10 years after a product is discontinued. This means that you can save money by buying inexpensive spares rather than buying whole products when needed. It also means your environmental credentials are bolstered as you keep otherwise perfectly good products out of landfill.
As an authorised hansgrohe distributor, we can source any of their products or spare parts. You can also use our online form – just go to https://www.savemoneycutcarbon.com/brand/hansgrohe/ and click on the “Enquire” tab.