It’s great to live in an ecologically aware age, albeit it one created out of necessity. However, it’s important that green technology has a prudent component. Greywater recycling saves money in a way that will protect your bottom line and keep things greener for longer.
Reduced Water Consumption
The most obvious way greywater recycling saves money is by reducing your water consumption by up to 40%. This is done by taking the water you use from showering or bathing, cleaning and filtering it, and reusing it for non-potable purposes such as flushing toilets. It’s simple, effective, and an amazing way to save money.
There’s no point investing in a greywater recycling system if the system itself is expensive to run. The most energy efficient greywater recycling systems only use approximately 2kwh per m3, which equates to about £0.24 per m³.
Bubbles in the aeration process of greywater recycling continuously keep filters and membranes clean. This means you’ll only need to chemically clean the system approximately once per year at most. Not only does this minimise the chemicals you’ll put into the system, it saves money and time spent purchasing them.
Low Maintenance Costs
A combination of laser-welding to keep the filters secure combined with a clean-water backwash naturally reduces day-to-day wear and maintenance requirements. Add this to a serviceable life of up to 10 years for the filtration membrane, and the financial benefits become immediately apparent.
Capital Savings Through the ECA Programme
The Government’s goal to meet the EU’s binding energy targets means greywater recycling is eligible for the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme. This allows you to claim 100% on your first year’s capital allowance on your greywater recycling investment. Moreover, some greywater recycling equipment is on the Government’s Water Technology List. Choosing a greywater recycling system from this list allows you to write off the complete cost of your investment against any taxable profits made for the investment’s duration.
Monitoring Your Investment
As with any investment, you need accurate data. The best greywater recycling systems will show you the volumes of greywater you’re using as well as your use of mains water. You’ll also be able to see how the system is performing and will receive immediate notification if maintenance is required. Most importantly, a cost benefit analysis will be at your fingertips.
In some cases, your Return on Investment (ROI) for a greywater recycling system can be as little as 2.5 years. Given the money you’ll save after that, you’ll wonder why you didn’t invest sooner.