Rising costs in water and energy have led many companies to look at ways they can operate more efficiently and economically, starting with their washroom facilities. Not only is having an eco-friendly washroom a way of saving money, but it is also a source of great pride for many companies that are actively trying to reduce their impact on the planet.
But how do you go about making such changes? We have had a look at some ways below:
Did you know the average person in the UK uses an estimated 142 litres of water a day? That in itself is an incredible figure, but when you think that a large portion of that water will be used in the washroom environment and the number of people who may use your facilities on a daily basis, you can see why your water bill is so high!
One way of reducing the amount of water used in your facilities is by installing waterless urinals, which can help to save you an incredible amount of water – and subsequently, money – after their installation. You can read more about the benefits of our waterless urinals here.
Sensor-controlled taps are an excellent addition to facilities for a number of reasons. The taps do not need to be touched to operate, instead, when the hands are placed underneath the tap, the sensor is triggered, and a stream of water is released. Not only do these taps save water, but they also reduce the risk of flooding due to the fact that they cannot be accidentally left running.
Due to them being touch-free, they are also an important change to make when making your facilities Coronavirus-safe. You can find more ways to adapt your washrooms in the current Covid climate here.
Thermostatic Mixer Valves (TMV3)
As well as changing your taps, installing TMV3 valves can help to further improve your washrooms. These valves mix the hot and cold water feeds together to a pre-set temperature, so when the water flows from the tap, it is automatically at the correct temperature. This again saves on water wastage but combining it with the sensor-controlled taps helps to further save money.
Eco Cleaning Products
Making the switch to ‘green’ cleaning products will have a lower impact on the environment. Of course, you have a duty to ensure that your facilities are cleaned to the correct standard, but there is such a vast range of eco-friendly cleaning products that can do as good of a job at cleaning as traditional products, but without flooding harmful chemicals into the environment.
If you have installed our waterless urinals, our SteriKleen spray is environmentally friendly and, in combination with our High-Performance Key-Valve which is fitted into the urinal system, the need for cleaning products will be reduced, which will further decrease the environmental impact your business will be having on the planet.
Fitting Passive Infra-Red sensors (PIR) means that the lights in your washroom facilities will only ever be on when someone is present in the room. Not only will this reduce your electricity bill, but it also means hygiene will be improved as you will not have to touch a light switch when you enter and exit the facilities. Many sensors can also be adjusted, meaning you can increase or decrease the amount of time that the light stays on for once the sensor has been triggered.
Combine your infrared sensor lighting with LED light bulbs for a more environmentally friendly set up. LED lightbulbs have improved substantially over the years, and they are now just as bright as traditional bulbs.
Water-Saving Flush Cisterns
It is often the case that many toilets use far more water for their flushes than is necessary, particularly if it is an older model of toilet. Installing a low volume cistern means that the toilet will only use the right amount of water needed for a flush. This means that over the course of the year, you can save thousands of litres of water, which will consequently save you money!
With just a few straightforward changes, your business could greatly reduce its environmental impact by reducing the amount of water used, starting with the washroom facilities.
Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, stated in 2019 that: “In 20 – 25 years, we will reach the jaws of death, the point at which, unless we take action now, we will not have enough water to supply our needs”, so making the necessary changes now means we can help to protect the planet for future generations.
If you would like to learn more about how our waterless urinals can help you to reduce your water wastage, as well as save you money, please contact us today.