Going greener at your business doesn’t need to be complicated – or cost the earth. There are simple, low-cost - or even free - steps to take that can help lower water use and cut waste.
Saving water can save on energy. Things like using less hot water with tap aerators in kitchens and facilities, along with cutting any areas of water waste. Low-cost push taps and aerators can cut flow rates by 16 litres a minute and showers can be reduced to 6 litres a minute – making a big difference for workplaces, gyms, spa and leisure facilities. Dual flushes and flush-saving devices can also reduce the amount of water needed at your business – and save money.
As hot water can cost between 2 to 4 times more than cold water, once energy costs are considered - using less of it helps lower Scope 1 and 2 emissions - and cuts future business running costs too. A win for your business and a win for the environment too!
Shed 1 Distillery have seen an increase in customer demand for their product as a result of their green approach, which includes water reuse.
The small business marked its fifth birthday in October, 2021, and has continued to look at how they are using materials to make their Shed 1 Gins. They also won the Gin Guide’s Sustainability Awards in both 2020 and 2021 for their work.
Zoe Arnold-Bennett, Co-owner of Shed 1 Distillery in Cumbria, said: “Any small steps with water can make a difference to our planet and to business bills and so we continue to research and implement initiatives regarding water usage, materials and ingredients. We designed a closed loop cooling system which saves thousands of litres of water every time we distil. Instead of it being a constant flow ending up down the drain, the water is recycled around the system repeatedly. As well as this, the water used in the production of our gins is put through a 6-stage reverse osmosis filter. The waste water from this process is used to water our plants and for bottle washing. Along with recycling cardboard packaging we receive with deliveries of ingredients, it all helps us be Net Zero and climate positive.”
Zoe and Andrew, Shed 1 Distillery
It’s worth looking closer at your water use to help your budget – and spot risks to supply interruption from your on-site water pipes. Around 1 in 5 businesses have had a water issue on-site, with almost one in ten having to shut their site for an hour or more **. Plus, there are big tax deductions* currently available for organisations that invest in equipment including fittings in their buildings, so there’s never been a better time to consider low-cost water-saving tech – paying you to save more in the future.
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*Source on tax deductions: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/super-deduction
**All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,099 Senior Decision Makers. Fieldwork was undertaken between 27th October - 2nd November 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of British business size. Water Plus is the largest water retailer in the UK.