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Are boing water taps worth it (environmentally)?

  • 24-12-2018 10:38am
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    Registered Users Posts: 228 ✭✭ bluesteel


    Just wondering if people with PV especially think the Quooker type boiling water taps are a benefit?


    It's convenient for sure for cooking and tea/coffee and there's no surge in demand like when one boils with a kettle/induction hob so they would arguably make better use of PV output with low but constant demand.

    On the flip side they are expensive and presumably leak a small amount of heat throughout the day and night.

    Could it be lumped into a Deep Retrofit application along with solar panels?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,244 ✭✭✭ dathi


    bluesteel wrote: »
    Just wondering if people with PV especially think the Quooker type boiling water taps are a benefit?


    It's convenient for sure for cooking and tea/coffee and there's no surge in demand like when one boils with a kettle/induction hob so they would arguably make better use of PV output with low but constant demand.

    On the flip side they are expensive and presumably leak a small amount of heat throughout the day and night.

    Could it be lumped into a Deep Retrofit application along with solar panels?

    they have a 2.2 kw element


  • Registered Users Posts: 435 ✭✭ mike_2009


    511kWh energy usage a year quoted on one instant hot water tap. Not sure if this is constant or peaks (2.2 kw as dathi points out) after water is replenished, so just like a kettle but in reverse! PV Generation may help offset some of this but not at night or in winter unless you have batteries?
    One article I read reckoned that energy usage is on a par with an Electric kettle overall but it can save water. My friend got one recently though and loves it! So as a convenience it's a clear winner, environmentally - less so....I doubt you'd get a grant for it !!!


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,833 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    mike_2009 wrote: »
    511kWh energy usage a year quoted on one instant hot water tap.

    That seems very high. Given that the average Irish household consumes 3500kWh per year

    It needs to be running at peak power for 40 minutes a day on average to consume that.

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 31,239 Mod ✭✭✭✭ dolanbaker


    A number of them have appeared in the works kitchenettes, they're great.
    I'm surprised the Health & safety freaks haven't plastered them with warning stickers!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,775 ✭✭✭ Effects


    Two people I know had them. Two different manufacturers. Both broke down in a short enough time span.


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