Research from Harvey Water Softeners has found that converting all UK hard water homes to soft water would save up to 8.24 million tonnes of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere each year – equivalent to taking 1.8 million cars off the road or planting 136 million trees.
The latest study into hard water’s impact on the environment, conducted by Harvey Water Softeners, shows that emissions from households with gas boilers and electric heaters could total approximately 4.19 tonnes of CO2 each year just by heating their home. Given energy usage with softened water is 23.8% lower for gas heaters and 17.8% lower for electric heaters, this means that the UK could reduce its carbon footprint by 8.24 million tonnes if every household had softened water, the company says.
The research follows a survey of 2,223 adults conducted by the water softener company which found that 93% of respondents believe a company’s environmental record is important when buying from them, while 82% of consumers are more conscious of their carbon footprint now than five years ago (with 51% answering that they are “a great deal” more conscious).
Tony Jones, General Manager at Harvey Water Softeners, said: “Hard water is a blight on many households’ finances, health, and efforts to protect the environment. It is well documented that hard water causes limescale build-up which can lead to bigger bills and lower energy efficiency. What is not as well-known is the impact it can have on your carbon footprint.
“We are delighted to be able to present this research in conjunction with the launch of our new eco-friendly water softener, the HarveyArc. We are always looking for ways to become even more environmentally friendly and, with the HarveyArc, we are truly leading from the front.”
To celebrate the launch of the HarveyArc, Harvey Water Softeners has pledged to plant a tree for every demonstration booked in partnership with the Eden Forest Project, while the company has also made a donation to Less Plastics to support their plastic waste reduction projects across the UK.
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