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Don't Be A Sucked In - Don't Buy This Gadget
Ecosavers Water Drop Eco Shower Timer
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Ecosavers Water Drop Eco Shower Timer
Date: 13/01/13, updated on 22/10/13 (158 review reads)
Advantages: A great idea in theory.
Disadvantages: Doesn't last beyond a week!
This is a tear drop shaped count-down timer for use in the shower to conserve water. It has an LCD screen to tell you the seconds and minutes and is battery powered.
The plan is to reduce your personal damage to our long-suffering planet. We are terribly short of water for growing food and for drinking despite all the rainfall in the UK. We need to help every human and animal to have access to water - you can help save lives, in a small and simple, way by taking four minute showers.
The alarm comes in two other designs which will be particularly good for engaging children in becoming environmentally aware. These take the form of cute green frogs and delightful yellow ducks.
Educational and money saving values:
This little alarm teaches us all the importance of saving water. You can set your alarm to the time you decide on and challenge yourself to reduce this time and it is loud enough to be heard over the running water. The less water used the less we deprive our natural world and the more money we save if on a water meter and we save on the cost of fuel. About twenty percent of your fuel bill is spent on heating your water so a quicker shower can make quite a difference to your outgoing expenses. Using gas and electricity increases world pollution which creates global warming and leads to many of the weather disasters we are witnessing around the world. We can each take steps to help to slow this down but we have to do it now or we will not survive long-term in this world.
This has suction pads with next to no suction power what so ever. Interesting, that when the sole purpose of the pads are to suck onto the wall and stick they are unable to do that simple task. It's not that they've deteriorated with age, even in a brand new state, they just slipped off the tiles and the bathroom wasn't even damp. The few times I managed to get it to stick it popped off within seconds and gave me a shock to boot! That is design fault number one and quite a big failure it is too.
In order to be able to read the countdown timer to see how many minutes you've spent in the shower it needs to be within your eye line. Due to the popping off the wall problem it ended up on the side of the bath where I had to bend down in order to read. This action sets the shower spray into a new direction and you've guessed it some of the water went straight down onto the timer and got it wet. So if fault two is that you have to bend down to view the alarm it won't take a giant leap to figure out the next fault.
A gadget designed for the bathroom, a room which gets wet and damp from the humidity, is not waterproof! I'm serious. This thing doesn't like water and it corrodes within days.
The screen developed condensation and made the timer unreadable.
Drying it out in the sunshine should have at least sorted that out but once it had dried what do you think should happen next? The timer failed! I pressed re-set and... nothing as blank as a head without a brain.
I don't think I managed to keep the alarm going for more than five days though it got four uses a day. What a waste of money. This gadget, designed to have a positive impact on our environment, ended up in the bin and somewhere in landfill. This contradiction to the original and very laudable purpose is, well, plain stupid.
How to save water:
There are many ways to save water. Have quicker showers and you could invest in a waterproof watch if you have trouble estimating the time.
Have a water butt installed so that the gutter rainwater collects and can be used to water the garden plants.
Put a device in the toilet to lower the amount of water used when flushed.
Check with your water company for freebies and offers on water conserving devices. I've seen egg timer devices for £2 which suck onto the tiles which is half the price that I paid for this gadget. Don't be a sucker and fall into buying this.
The ideal time spent in the shower is four minutes. This will significantly cut your spending on utility bills and help to keep our reservoirs full whilst lowering our impact on global warming.
Can you meet the four minute challenge? Just make sure you don't try it with this gadget!
It gets one star for the concept behind it.
Summary: Take up the four minute shower challenge but not with this gadget.
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