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Could high-tech save money on water?

Water is expensive in the UK, and the government is crafting measures to reduce its cost. In the meantime, a startup from the Netherlands came to the UK to present potentially economic way of showering. 

Rob Chompff, the director of Hamwells, at TechCrunch Disrupt. By Darya Luganskaya
Rob Chompff, the director of Hamwells, at TechCrunch Disrupt. By Darya Luganskaya

The UK government announced last week as a way of saving money, that British consumers may choose among different water suppliers in coming years. While the regulator, Ofwat, is due to examine Chancellor George Osboune’s idea in 2016, Westminster World took a look at an alternative way of making the energy bills shorter.

“This wellness machine and uses 80% less energy”, says director of Hamwells Rob Choimpff pointing at a standing shower next to him. This shower saves water by recirculating it. Indeed, there are no pipes leading to it – the machine stands in the middle of a hall at the Copper Box Arena in London. Hamwells is one of 14 startups to pitch their ideas on TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield, the prestigious award for early-stage disruptive companies.

The shower could be moved around without any supplies. It has different heads – a big on producing 50 liters per minute and a small one making five liters per minute. It is small: Hamwells made all the parts of the system – boiling, heating, cleaning etc – 80% smaller.

This shower is actually more than a recycling machine: it can greet you by name, choose your favorite music.Choimpff added that many of the technologies are original, and Hamwells holds three patents on the heating system alone. “We wanted a sexy design – to make people standing under an iPhone in the world of showers”, the director adds.

Hamswells is asking for over £2,000 for a computed shower promising it would save 30% on energy bills in the future.

In the CEO’s opinion, it is a reasonable price to pay for making the house sustainable. According to him, otherwise, at lease in the Netherlands, people to pay £50,000 to isolate their supplies.

Hamswells has just made an announcement about sales in the UK, but in the Netherlands they found clients before. Since they started two years ago, they have attracted bills from hotels and construction companies.

“Hotels are coming to us because they are paying more on waste, than on clean water. Waste water is so expensive everywhere except for US”, Chompff explains.

The director of Hamwells has a solid business background in consulting, and firmly believes this concept would turn into a sustainable business.

Сo-founder of Alfred Smart Home. By Darya Luganskaya
Сo-founder of Alfred Smart Home Marco Matera. By Darya Luganskaya

Another product that may help consumers keep track of their bills was launched on December 8. Alfred Smart Home is a free mobile application that controls all smart devices in a house. Usually every smart device has its own remote control device. This startup signed partnerships with major manufacturers of smart devices in exchange for showcasing their products in the app.

Alfred Smart Home CEO Marco Matera explains that the app collect data about its user when the analytical mode is on. Then the machine will remember their habits and adjust to them of suggest ways on saving water and other types of energy. According to Matera, it would result in saving up to 30% of the money spend on bills. So far this product has been launched only for Android users: the team is waiting for an approval fromApple Store.