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Rainwater Harvesting Systems – Helping Selfbuilders Save Water & Reduce Household Running Costs

For those choosing to selfbuild, rainwater harvesting systems are becoming a popular solution to be kinder to the planet and reduce household water bills. Stormsaver are the UK’s leading rainwater harvesting system manufacturer offering their systems across the UK for both commercial and residential customers. Since, they began trading Stormsaver have helped over 850 businesses and households save over 10 billion litres of water.

How They Work
Rainwater harvesting systems can be used by practically every household and business. A storage tank is installed (usually underground) and a multi-stage filtration system is used to clean rainwater for toilet flushing, irrigation, laundry and vehicle washing. Mains water consumption for domestic properties is reduced by up to 50% and up to 75% for commercial installations. It’s not as expensive as people may think; a basic residential system starts from £1,300 and commercial systems can see a payback of less than 5 years.

Rainwater harvesting works by collecting rain from roofs and filtering out leaves and debris, before storing the water in the main storage tank. The water is then pumped into the property to be used for non- potable applications such as flushing WC’s and toilets and supplying soft water to washing machines and external taps. There is an overflow system where in heavy rainfall the excess water can be discharged into main drains.  There is a small control unit, which is simple to install in a kitchen cupboard, utility room or garage so the occupiers can easily switch to mains water when required. The Stormsaver system is unique in its design which uses a 90W pump rather than a traditional 900W pump, drastically reducing energy use and in turn carbon emissions.

How They Can Affect Planning Permission
When trying to get planning permission for developments and selfbuilds, the inclusion of eco-friendly elements can help influence planning officers at local councils. Rainwater harvesting systems are often viewed favourably when considering the effect of a new property, as they reduce the impact on local resources.

How They Work In Harmony With Day To Day Living
For many people, installing a rainwater harvesting system will completely transform the way water is used, without the home owner noticing any difference from using mains water.

In an environment where consumers are worried about escalating utility costs and VAT increases, this offers a cost-effective solution. The investment in a system also future proofs the property against further increased costs, so if utility costs spiral, homeowners need not worry as they have their own sustainable resource.

The collected rainwater, also offers financial advantages to homeowners. Rainwater is softer and kinder to washing machines and clothes than mains water. This will allow a reduction in limescale damage which will mean a longer life for the washing machine. Also, as it is softer- it reduces the need for fabric detergent, which again means money saving for households and in the long-term less lorry miles for the detergent producers and another reduced environmental impact.

Clearly, for those choosing to self build, installing a rainwater harvesting system is integral to a low cost and sustainable property. In times of water shortages and drought it is important that everybody plays their role in conserving water as our water supply can no longer be taken for granted. Stormsaver have a proven product that is a sustainable solution which should be integral to all self build projects.

Issued on behalf of Stormsaver Ltd. For additional information please contact Karen Roe, Fresh Marketing Solutions 07889 923948 or email.

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