A water pump isn’t always the first thing you think of when you consider ways to becoming more eco-friendly. However, it definitely should be as the European Commission (‘Putting Energy Efficiency First‘) shared that an additional 20% is added to energy bills as a result of inefficient pumps.
What is a water pump used for?
It’s fine if you don’t immediately know what a water pump is. It’s a centrifugal that uses a rotating impeller to move water into the pump and form a pressurised flow. You actually use water pumps every day of your life, even if you don’t realise it.
Heating systems reply on circulation pumps that move hot water through the pipes and they even help water reach your house from the main supply.
How do I know if my pump is Faulty?
A really obvious sign that your pump isn’t running to its full potential is visible leaking. Even if you can’t spot an obvious leak, you may notice damp spots around the location of the pump. There are other obvious visual elements such as a crack or rusting nozzles. You may even see some mould forming or notice the pump has an odour.
An inefficient pump will usually form a choke point. This is where the pressure builds up and can burst without any warning. It’s dangerous and expensive to repair the damage made to the property, plus the cost of a new pump on top.
Why are old pumps more inefficient?
It’s simple; more energy is needed to push water through a blocked water pipe. An inefficient pump often uses way over the average amount of electricity usually used to normally function.
The European Commission is currently trying to bring in wide efficiency measures. The focus is very much on making efficient and eco-friendly circulators mandatory. This has already shown to help improve the efficiency of water and sewage pumps. However, the pumps can still block, crack and develop choke points and thus timely repairs will still be necessary.
What impact does this have on the environment?
Well, using more electricity not only burns a hole in your pocket, but it also causes further damage to the planet. As a majority, we still rely heavily on burning fossil fuels to generate electricity. We all know this method is highly unsustainable and highly damaging to the ozone layer.
Using more power than necessary is causing you to release more harmful chemicals and thus, increasing your carbon footprint along with it.
Ensuring your pumps, pipes and utility system are all working efficiently helps combat the risk of using more energy than necessary.
New pumps and cost-effectiveness?
The cost of repairing or replacing your pump with a new version will cost less than it would to repair structural damage a burst pump would cause.
As we’ve discovered, inefficient pumps will add money to your energy bills. The pump will use more energy than needed to push water past a blockage or just to keep the water flowing at a constant rate.
Replacing your old pump in a timely manner is more cost-effective and more energy efficient. As a result of this, it is better for the environment and will help towards keeping your carbon footprint at a minimum.
If everyone had a new, fully functioning water pump and they each would be saving 20% of their energy bill – just think how much money and energy we could save by making this movement together.