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Green technology: Household appliances can save water, energy and time

Published 08/04/2015 | 02:30

Lets face it, we all depend on energy. We rely on it everyday from the moment we turn off our alarm clock in the morning to brushing our teeth at night. In truth Irish people are using an increasing amount of water, electricity and other natural resources.

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But simply put, wasting energy isn't good for the environment. Most of the energy sources we depend on, like coal and natural gas, are finite and can't be replaced.

It is time to get mindful about our energy consumption and our environment.

As this guide will demonstrate, there are countless ways in which you can conserve water and energy around the home, reducing your energy bills in the process, and even saving yourself some time along the way.

Here is how you can save water, energy and time every single day

Save water

Despite the fact that in Ireland we seem to have an endless supply of water - does it ever stop raining! - we must remember that it is a very precious resource and one which we have to carefully conserve for future generations.

At the moment we are doing the opposite. Many people would be surprised to note that nationally, we use 70% more water in 2015 than we did 40 years ago! More than 1,700 million litres of water are used in Ireland every day, and the average adult in Ireland uses about 150 litres per day. Meanwhile, the average family of four in Ireland uses about 436 litres of water per day.

This water is used through activities like cooking, drinking, washing our hands, brushing our teeth, washing dishes, and using the shower, washing machine, and toilet.

Most of us know we can save water if we turn off the tap while brushing our teeth (research shows more than 7,000 litres of water can be saved this way per year), but there are a whole host of water-efficient home appliances on offer which can help you to save water in other ways.

For example, Bosch offer a range of products which use the least amount of water possible while still offering top-quality performance.

Their dishwashers, which use ActiveWater™ technology, need only 6 litres of water on the Economy 50˚C programme to wash 13 place settings. If you washed the same load by hand, you would use approximately 49 litres. This means you could save over 12,000 litres of water a year!

In truth, there are many ways to conserve water around the home.

Did you know that a third of all the water used in the house is flushed down the toilet? Some larger toilet cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. All you need to do is place a displacement device such as a hippo bag or a bottle filled with water into the cistern.

Or why not install a water-saving shower head in your bathroom? They are a great way to make savings, and by spending a few minutes less in the shower, you can conserve a significant amount of water.

In the garden, rather than using a hose, why not collect rainwater and use it to water your garden. Water butts are now easily available and are a great tool to help conserve water.

For more great ways on how to conserve water around the home turn to page 7

Save energy

In reality, it is actually quite easy to conserve energy around the home. And these days, it's more of a win-win than ever to save on energy. Every time you lower your utility bills, you put more money back in your bank account. And lower energy bills also means less energy consumed, which means less harmful emissions released into our environment.

And what's more, small changes go a long way. By only boiling as much water as you need in the kettle, turning appliances off when they are on standby and switching off the light when you leave a room, you can make a big difference. You could also try changing your lightbulbs. CFL bulbs use 80% less electricity and last 15 times longer than an ordinary bulb.

When upgrading older appliances it is wise to choose the most energy efficient options available - without compromising on quality of course!

Bosch offer energy-efficient appliances that will cost you less to run, contribute to savings on your energy bill and help you to do your bit for the environment

With a Bosch washing machine you can save up to 30% more on your electricity bill. The new VarioPerfect™ system gives you an EcoPerfect option, which uses up to 30% less energy than the qualifying rate for energy efficiency class A.

Turn to page 15 to see how much money you could save simply by conserving energy

Save time

Housework. No one really enjoys spending time on these essential tasks. Whether you are in a rush or your favourite TV show is on, there always seems like there is something else that you would rather be doing.

Bosch are constantly developing time-saving features, such as the option to select faster operating times or enhanced functionality that reduces the time you need to spend cleaning or operating appliances.

Let's face it, nobody likes scrubbing stubborn stains from a greasy oven. But with the Bosch offering you won't have to. The Pyrolytic Self-Cleaning System heats the oven to around 480˚C so any deposits are quickly reduced to a pile of ash that you can simply wipe away with a damp cloth.

And with a Bosch washing machine, the SuperQuick programme will wash your laundry in a speedy 15 minutes if you need it quickly. You can also save time on cleaning with the self-cleaning detergent drawer.

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