Or call freephone 0800 953 0033 quoting reference SS-RF
NOT SUITABLE FOR ELECTRIC SHOWERS!
appears this is for gravity fed systems
I nabbed these details off another site for sheer convenience which is why it's in review form, this item dropped through the door today, ordered by the wife to be used on the upstairs shower head, ..I presume she checked we needed one.
as it's dutch it's a nicely q.c'ed bit of kit polished stainless steel with etched markings you can use as a future reference should you need to detatch & clean it ever!
One of the things that some of the energy providers are doing, is providing for free is something called the Eaga Shower Smart.
This is a small gadget which measures approximately 5 cm in length and the manufacturers claim that it prevents the unnecessary waste of water from using your shower, giving you a good balance between your personal water needs .
HOW DOES IT WORK
The way it works is simple. Basically it creates a constant flow of 7.7 litres per minutes, giving a full even jet with less fluctuation in the speed of the water flow from your shower.
The makers indicate that a more efficient shower means that you will save energy.
For a two person household, they claim that by using this item, they will save more than 12,000 litres of water per year, which at current prices will mean a saving of roughly £20 each year on gas bills and (assuming your water is metered) a saving of £20 on your water bill per year.
This equates to over a tonne of carbon dioxide over products lifetime.
IS THIS FOR YOU?
Obviously, if your shower is efficient already, then the gadget may not be for you. When the item is delivered, they include a measuring bag (which basically looks like an oversized money bag which you get from any bank). To see if your shower would benefit from using this item, simply put the showerhead into the bag, quickly turn on the shower for 5 seconds and then switch off the shower. If the water level in the bag is above the printed measuring line, then your shower unit is not efficient and you will benefit from installing the unit. If the water level is below the line, then you have an efficient shower and there is no need to install the unit.
IS IT SIMPLE TO INSTALL
Simply unscrew the shower hose, put in the red fibre washer between the unit and the taps, screw the unit onto the taps, and on the other end screw the shower hose on to the top of the unit. Job done, and it only took one or two minutes.
The makers indicate that the unit is not suitable with electric showers, showers with multiple jets or rainwater showers.
HOW DOES IT WORK AND HOW LONG DOES IT LAST
As far as I can tell, it looks like the unit operates by having a mesh filter which can be cleaned if blocked, which generally restricts the flow of water if it is too much. It is made in The Netherlands and comes with a 15 year manufacturer's guarantee and is Kiwa and WRAS certified
HOW CAN YOU GET A UNIT
There are two ways that you can apply for a free unit.
You can claim one if you are over 70 or alternatively, if you are claiming one of the following benefits or credits:-
Income support, housing benefit, council tax benefit, income based Jobseeker's Allowance, attendance allowance, disability allowance, industrial injuries disablement pension benefit, war disablement pension, pension credit, child tax credit, or working tax credits.
If you meet any of the above criteria, you can visit http://www.eaga.com/showersmart
or ring free on 0800 953 0033 quoting reference ShowerSmart-RF to claim your free unit.
DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK?
The unit is not obtrusive, and looks like it is part of your shower unit. The water flow remains strong and is sufficient for a good shower. With regards to saving money, to be quite honest, I cannot yet say as the makers indicate a gas saving of £20 per year and a water saving of £20 per year, but I have no reason to doubt the manufacturers.
MANUFACTURER / SUPPLIER DETAILS
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Tel 0800 408 2097