Green Is The Colour Of The Future
With most countries trying their best to curb carbon emissions and (hopefully) doing what they can to align with the Paris agreement, it should be clear that we are in a transitional phase of energy management as a species. Gone are the days of blind, rapacious hunger when it comes to the environment.
By now, it is one of Hansgrohe’s most acknowledged stances; the fact that the German powerhouse goes out of its way to make products which are both beautiful, and optimised to do their job with as little impact on the environment as possible.
The Right Foot First
So what have Hansgrohe been doing right?
Well, it’s called EcoSmart. This is an addition to taps and shower heads which consumes up to 60% less water than other, more conventional products. In fact, the reduction of the common figure of 9-litres-per-minute (9l/m) to an incredible 5l/m is almost unheard of in the industry. Most ‘green’ products were sitting tight at 6l/m flow rates, before Hansgrohe showed up the competition.
But even more impressive is that the lower hot-water consumption brought about by the reduced rate equates to massive energy savings on electricity, further reducing the need to burn through traditional energy sources.
When you extrapolate the energy savings per tap or shower in a single home, and then multiply that by the size of a suburb, and so on and so forth; you begin to see a much clearer picture of the sizeable impact EcoSmart technology can have.
2018 was a year which saw South Africans fear for the future of clean living, especially in the Western Cape. After dam levels dropped to incredibly low rates, the good people of the Cape were placed on heavy restrictions while the Nation watched this crisis evolve.
In the time since, we have seen an incredible turn around from the region, with people banding together across all walks of life to dump the crisis on its head. This is a laudable achievement if there ever was one.
Nonetheless, the lesson is clear for those willing to learn. We cannot continue to practice the same water-consumption methods and expect things to change.
Which is why Hansgrohe will continue their fight for an equilibrium between man and Mother Nature.
Hansgrohe. Meet the beauty of water!
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