How much time, energy and water are you wasting boiling your kettle?

By Bob Fear

How much time, energy and water are you wasting boiling your kettle?

We all love our regular brew of a day. Whether it’s tea, coffee or just plain healthy hot water with a twist of lemon. Some of us work from home more nowadays so we’re boiling the old kettle more often for those essential cuppas. Some of us have big families so we’re making multiple cuppas at a time, multiple times a day.

How much precious time, energy and water is being wasted whenever we switch the kettle on? Is it more economical to run a home water system with instant hot water? Everyone uses their kettle and their Virgin Pure system differently, so we can’t give you a definitive, one-size-fits-all figure, but we carried out our own independent tests with the Water Regulation Advisory Service to compare the power usage of our home water system to an ordinary domestic kettle.

Which uses less energy?

In the test, we did the following:

  • Filled four mugs per day with boiling water
  • Allowed eight hours per day for the water system to be in energy saving mode (typically when you are sleeping)
  • Included all power used by the water system whilst on standby

The Virgin Pure home water system returned an average energy usage of 0.025kWh per use or 128.448kWh per year.

In comparison boiling a kettle returned energy usage of 0.11kWh per usage or 169.433 kWh per year.

So the kettle used 32% more energy in a year than the Virgin Pure system.


Which wastes less water?

According to the Energy Savings Trust, 75% of people admit to using too much water every time they boil a kettle and 40% of households in the UK boil the kettle more than 5 times per day.*

In comparison, your Virgin Pure water system provides just the right amount of piping hot water needed at the push of a button. So you can enjoy great hot drinks and help save the planet at the same time. Discover more easy ways to reduce water usage at home with our article.

Which takes less time?

If you boiled your kettle six times a day to fill 2 mugs at a time, you’d spend nearly an hour and a half a week waiting for it to boil. That’s around 73 hours a year.

If you have a Virgin Pure system, how long do you have to wait? You don’t.

Enough said? Time to ditch the old kettle, we reckon.

*Source: At Home With Water Report, The Energy Savings Trust, 2013

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