Say no to tea? Britons waste enough water making tea to fill 28 Olympic swimming pools every year


For those who think the world is run with the help of steadfast technology and great minds, it is actually run by coffee and tea! Speaking of tea, it is no secret that for Brits, tea comes first and oxygen second. But what we didn’t know was this dedication to tea make Britons wastes enough water while making tea that’s enough to fill 28 Olympic swimming pools. The fault, if I may call it, that lies in the method wherein Britain’s tea drinkers boil double the amount of water needed to make a brew and waste the energy required to heat 124 million pints of water a day, which in turn is enough to fill 28 Olympic swimming pools. Drinking tea is a part of their lifestyle and not just a beverage. Almost 23 percent worry their tea water will end up “limescale” if they only heat up enough to cover the bottom of the kettle, which is why they use more. And it’s not a simple morning ritual to kick-start the day. Tea fans put the kettle up to four times a day; experts warn it’s causing a tremendous amount of energy waste. This energy waste is also caused due to reasons like over-filling the kettle or heating on with the windows open.

Utilita’s Energy High 5 campaign commissioned the research, and this is what they had to say, “It might not seem like a lot, but think about all the wasted water in kettles across the country. That certainly adds up in terms of energy use and water that’s coming out the tap. It will have an impact both at home, in your energy bills, as well as in wider society as needlessly expended energy depletes our non-renewable resources.”

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[Via: The Sun]