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    Any green alternatives? We have a load to replace in some Council buildings
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2017 edited
     
    Kettles only filled with the exact amount of water needed
    • CommentAuthorringi
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2017 edited
     
    Well insulated instant boiling water heaters. They often cost less to run then kettles as well as being quicker to use.

    You need to look at how many cups of tea are make each 10 minutes at peak time, as you may or may not need a large tank depending on how spread out the demand is. (The best systems have two water tanks, one tank is ALWAYS kept close to boiling, the 2nd tank is used to heat the water, only letting it into the main tank once heated.)

    If only 1 or 2 cups of tea are made at the same time, consider a simple counter top instant water boiler, these heat the water on demand much like an electric shower but lower powered.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2017
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: ringi</cite>Well insulated instant boiling water heaters. They often cost less to run then kettles as well as being quicker to use.</blockquote>

    This is the spin dished out by the manufacturers! If you only boil the amount needed then the only cheaper options would be solar pre-heated kettle or a heat pump.
    • CommentAuthorHollyBush
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2017
     
    cold water only would be greener
    • CommentAuthorHollyBush
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2017
     
    or vending machines that only heat the exact water needed each time
    • CommentAuthorringi
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2017
     
    Posted By: tonyThis is the spin dished out by the manufacturers! If you only boil the amount needed then the only cheaper options would be solar pre-heated kettle or a heat pump.


    We are talking about normal people, hence we know a kettle will be overfilled! In some offices you are also expected to refill the kettle and set it boiling again once you have made your drink, so as to not steal the time of the other staff.
    • CommentAuthorgyrogear
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2017
     
    meanwhile, while "they" are drinking tea, a fair proportion of the population lingers in fuel-poverty...

    If folks want to drink tea, why not bring it from home, in a thermos flask etc ?
    (I mean, *smokers* bring *their own* in...)

    gg
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2017 edited
     
    Posted By: gyrogear(I mean, *smokers* bring *their own* in...)
    Used to work with a heroin addict, he used to bring in his own gear (methadone on a Tuesday, full fat the other days).
    • CommentAuthorSteveZ
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2017
     
    If this is for making tea and coffee ie small quantities, have a look at the Breville counter top boiler. This dispenses amounts from half a cup to a mugful, and only boils that amount on demand. There is one with a Brita filter for hard water areas and a cheaper version which uses straight tap water.

    It has another advantage in that it has a reasonably-sized reservoir which can be filled easily and it avoids lifting a kettle containing boiling water, which can be a problem for the less able.
    • CommentAuthorringi
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2017
     
    One of my friends has a Breville VKJ142 HotCup that will boil enough water for one mug of tea, however you would need to standardize the size of mugs in use. He got it because his care staff would always boil a complete kettle when making him a cup of tea.
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