Converting UK homes to soft H2O can save tonnes of CO2: Switching all UK hard water homes to soft water could save as much as 8.24 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is equal to taking 1.8 million cars off the road or planting 136 million trees.
That’s reported by new research from the manufacturer Harvey Water Softeners, that believes energy usage with softened water is 23.8% lower for gas heaters & 17.8% for electric heaters, in comparison to hard water.
Hard water is water that consists of higher mineral content.
Energy usage with hard water is known to be higher mostly due to limescale build-up. Limescale is created by calcium & magnesium being left behind when hard water evaporates.
It is predicted that about 13 million homes throughout the UK are in hard water areas and the typical family of four living in these regions can accumulate 70 kilograms of limescale each year.
Limescale deposits inside a heating system may cause blockages in pipework and boilers which reduces heating efficiency and increases gas bills.
Converting UK homes to soft H2O can save tonnes of CO2