Plumbers on efficiency
A recent survey of approved plumbers in the UK revealed they are helping homeowners and businesses save water, while helping to cut water and energy bills.
WaterSafe, the national accreditation scheme for plumbers in the UK, carried out a survey of its plumbers to find out how much they talk about saving water with their customers and how often they recommend products to help cut down on waste.
An impressive 98 per cent think it’s part of a good plumber’s job to provide advice on water efficiency and 92 per cent regularly talk to customers about products which can help save water.
One respondent said: “It shows a plumber cares about the industry rather than just making money. It's professional to know about water efficiency.”
Many plumbers said customers were often unaware they were using more water than necessary and they also didn’t realise, by using less hot water they could also save on their bills.
Julie Spinks, director of WaterSafe, said: "WaterSafe plumbers are all fully qualified and trusted to work safely with drinking water in homes and businesses but they are also offering customers additional free advice which can help them save water, save energy and save money."
"It’s inspiring to hear that plumbers are motivated to give the best possible service to customers on all aspects of their water supply and also care about protecting water sources and the environment in which they live and work."
The appliances plumbers are mostly likely to advise customers on are toilets, taps and showers.
The introduction of a Water Label in 2014 is also helping plumbers identify water efficient products more easily, with a ‘traffic light’ rating showing how much water they use. Three quarters of plumbers surveyed are aware of the label and would promote it to customers. Some plumbers said they would like to see incentives introduced for promoting water-saving products and would like to know more about free water-saving products offered to water company customers.
The quickest way to find a qualified and trusted plumbing business using the online directory at www.watersafe.org.uk
WaterSafe is the official partner of Water Saving Week, which took place from March 21 to 25. Find out more at www.waterwise.org.uk.