What Will You Save With An Instant Hot Water Tap?
Let’s be honest, the main reason you want instant hot water taps for your home is the convenience of it – no more seemingly endless waits for the kettle, and don’t even get us started on the watched pot that never boils.
So yes, you can save time with a instant hot water tap, and with the average full kettle taking three minutes to boil, this could be as much as 15 precious minutes a day in reality – really adding up over the course of a week, month and year.
However, This Is Money writer Rebecca Goodman has also been looking at the money saving potential of owning a instant hot water tap over a kettle. The sums work out as follows: the average household boils a full kettle five times a day, which will cost them 12.5p. That’s 87.5p a week and £45.50 a year. In terms of your energy spend, that’s the number you’re trying to beat. The article gives the example of Quooker taps, which retail at around £1,500, and suggest that it will take 33 years for the tap to make its money back.
Given the technological advances which will have taken place during the time, it’s not a great outlook for your tap making its money back, but with more budget-friendly taps starting from £499, Taps Today buyers will have earned their money back within just 11 years, excluding any installation costs and maintenance.
The cost to run a boiling water tap per day is not only far less from an energy perspective, but also in terms of water used. As the water is heated by a tank fitted into the tap itself, the hot water is instant, meaning that you don’t need to run the water first to achieve that temperatures you would from a normal boiler powered tap.
While it’s long been recommended to only boil as much water as you need to use when using a kettle, it’s important to note that there is a minimum fill line, meaning that you may still waste water this way too. Likewise, estimating the water you need is far harder to be accurate with when filling a kettle first than straight into the pan, again wasting water and the energy used to heat it.
Another big saving that you’ll make is on worktop space. A kettle is one of the worst offenders for eating up work surface, making it look cluttered as well as getting in the way of food prep. If you have wall hang cabinetry, it also causes condensation when turned on underneath them, which can cause damage when recurring regularly.
These taps are also far safer for family kitchens, as there’s no way to pull it off the side – and don’t we all know a child in the past who this particular horror has happened to. Instant hot water taps are surprising child-friendly for a kitchen, and they’re sure to only get safer, saving you on jus one f the little bits of worry that comes with being a parent.