Make Sure Your Soft Water Is “Green” – If You See What We Mean! 

Apr 4, 2022 | General

Before you get the wrong end of the stick, we aren’t suggesting that having a water softener installed in your home will make your water turn green. That’s the last thing it should do! Something will have gone drastically wrong if it has! 

In fact, a water softener will do the complete opposite. It will not only make the water softer, but it will also get rid of many of the impurities that are present in the hard water, which enters your property through the mains supply.  

The link between soft water and being green that we are referring to, is all about looking after the environment and what we can do in our daily lives to be more sustainable. The disturbing effects of climate change are largely due to the amount of carbon dioxide being belched out into the atmosphere. Anything that can be done to reduce our carbon footprint and to protect our fragile eco-systems has surely got to be a good thing, to ensure the planet remains habitable for future generations.

Of course, there is only so much any one of us can do. But every little helps, as that big food store whose name has just escaped me, is always keen to remind us!  

Anyway, leaving Tesco (whoops!) to one side, at Scott Jenkins Water Softeners, we aren’t just paying lip service to being environmentally friendly. Mindful of the number of miles our engineers clock up on the road, not to mention all that diesel being burned up in the process, I’ve recently taken delivery of a Toyota Proace electric van, replacing my fossil-fuel powered predecessor. 

Yes, I’ve decided it’s time to go for battery power from now on! I’ve only had the van for a month or so, but I’m already well-chuffed with the performance. It drives well, is just as capable of transporting all the kit and caboodle I need and it’s quick and easy to recharge at night. 

The one slight downside is the battery’s average range of 200 miles. This is sufficient to cover a good proportion of our catchment area but not enough to provide the blanket coverage that we require of West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey Hampshire and London. That’s the only thing that’s stopping me from chopping in the rest of our fleet and replacing it with battery-powered vans. Once batteries are introduced that have a range of around 300 miles, I’ll be right on to this – mark my words! 

So, I’m delighted that we are doing our bit out on the road.

What’s green about the water softeners we sell? 

Well, that’s a very good question. And the honest answer is that they aren’t all as eco-friendly as we’d perhaps we’d like. Whilst all our water softeners are extremely efficient at helping reduce energy use in the home (central heating systems and household appliances will always get through less energy if they aren’t clogged up with scale produced by hard water), those that use block salt don’t come out at the top of the list, in terms of their green credentials.

Which leads us nicely onto the one make of water softener that blows the rest out the water (sorry, dreadful joke!) – EcoWater. They really do tick all the boxes in terms of being environmentally friendly. 

What makes EcoWater Softeners so Green?

For a start, the clue is in the name. EcoWater are right on the money when it comes to being environmentally aware – not just in their manufacturing processes – but also around the whole subject of using water responsibly. They are renowned for producing the most efficient and eco-friendly soft water systems in the world.  

Here’s an overview of why: 

  1. They are committed to the core principles of reducing, recycling and reusing. Their products are designed and manufactured around advanced engineering which controls and limits energy usage, as well as air and water emissions.
  2. They use fewer than 17.5 kwh of energy per year. That’s equivalent to about £2 a year to run an EcoWater softener. No other water softener can lay claim to such a low level of energy use. 
  3. Since their water softeners only regenerate when required, this means EcoWater units save as much as 50% on water and salt, compared to models that use timers. 
  4. By eliminating limescale build up, they make water-using appliances like boilers, washing machines and dishwashers much more efficient.  

How does the price of EcoWater compare to other water softeners?

Very favourably! Although you might expect to pay more for all that “greenness”, the starting price for the EcoWater eVOLUTION Compact is £1595 – exactly the same as the Kinetico Premier Compact. OK, our Harvey MiniMax costs £1375 but, in fairness, there is no comparison in terms of quality and performance between the Harvey and the EcoWater product.  

So, there you have it. If you are looking to create a greener lifestyle for you and your family, there are many ways that you can make a difference. But certainly, if you want to ensure the soft water in your home is as eco-friendly as it could possibly be, EcoWater is, without doubt, your greenest option. 

And we’ll endeavour to come out and install it in our battery-powered van! 

If you are considering introducing a soft water system into your home, SJ Water Softeners are one of the leading sales and service providers in the south of England for water softeners and filtration products. We cover the counties of West Sussex, East Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey. For all enquiries, call SJ Water Softeners on 01243 607494 or via email: scott@sjbs.info