Love Earth – Go green!
A hot water recirculation system is a plumbing system that moves hot water to fixtures quickly without waiting for the water to get hot. Rather than relying on low water pressure, common in most water lines, recirculating systems rapidly move water from a water heater to the fixtures.
Balmoral Lodge as a team has been actively implementing innovative and sustainable solutions.
One of our key achievements were the introduction of an integrated loop system for circulating water.
An integrated loop system is typically used on retrofits but may also be installed on new construction. It consists of a pump installed under the plumbing fixture farthest from the water heater. The pump contains a sensor (Geyserwise Controller) which switches the pump on when water temperature drops below 25° C, and switches it off when water temperature reaches 30° C.
In this system, hot water is re-circulated intermittently. Hot water is returned to the water heater via the cold water pipes. This raises the temperature of the cold water slightly, but it returns to the usual cold temperature in a short time.
Hot water recirculation systems are most commonly activated by either a thermostat or a timer. Systems that use a thermostat or timer automatically turn the pump on whenever the water temperature drops below a set point, or when the timer reaches a certain setting. These systems ensure that hot water is always available at the faucet.
Do they really save energy and water?
Regardless of whether they are controlled manually or automatically, recirculation systems reduce the amount of water that goes down the drain while the homeowner waits for the desired temperature. This fact allows for the following three advantages over conventional water distribution systems:
- They save time. Recirculating systems deliver hot water to faucets quickly, adding convenience for the homeowner.
- They conserve water by reducing wasted water while waiting for water to heat up.
- They limit municipal energy waste.
The following applies at our main property, namely Turner 12 and Turner 14 Properties:
We operate a solar heating system, which requires our water to circulate as less as possible. We therefor operate a water circulation pump during peak shower times, but if you shower outside these times, you can dial the pump to circulate the hot water and enjoy a hot shower. (Please note this takes maximum 4-5 minutes.)
Please note: we do utilize borehole and rain water at all of our properties and would not recommend our guests to drink the water out of the tap, water is regularly tested and continuously treated, but have a brackish taste, hence there being a 5-liter bottled water on the table as well as the fridges in the communal kitchens.