CDP’s water saving technology featured on Channel 4’s “Home of the future”
A new Channel 4 series, co-funded by one of the UK’s leading energy companies E.ON, transforms the lives of a family, filling their home from top-to-bottom with futuristic technology and gadgets from fuel cell generators and self-driving vacuums to energy saving ovens and electric and hydrogen-powered cars.
As well as having cutting-edge technology and gadgets to trial, the Perera family in Sheffield were challenged by scenarios likely to affect our lives in the next twenty to fifty years.
As the world population continues to increase we’ll have no choice but to reduce the domestic consumption of water, food, gas and electricity and new technologies will be the key to this process.
One of the episodes showcased technologies that address domestic water usage and featured Cambridge Design Partnership’s Waterpebble. Introduced as being one of the smallest yet most innovative technologies in the house, the water saving device, records shower length and with a traffic light LED system indicates when the shower should end. Waterpebble gradually reduces time in the shower to have the end result of saving water and money. It was calculated that if each child in the Perera family showered one minute less a day they could expect to save a total of £200 per year.
We calculated that would provide a return on investment of 280% per annum, which is quite a good interest rate by anybody’s standards!
The eldest Perera son said that “the Waterpebble is a pretty good idea because you’re not going to waste water; it saves the world, and saves money”.
The major question now is; is enough being done by companies, utilities and consumers to accommodate the new technology requirements that will need to be implemented in the coming decades?
If you’d like to learn more about the Waterpebble or discuss other domestic consumption reduction technologies please contact David Lewis or call +44 (0)1223 264428.
To purchase a Waterpebble please click here.