Water Talkers

Tap Clicker

The new tap clicker gives you an audible click with every 1 litre you use. This measuring device is easy to fit on any tap, shower and hose and runs off water power! An internal cog clicks every litre helping you to easily keep track of the amount you are using – whether it’s in the shower, washing up or watering your garden. Start saving water and order your new tap clicker today!

edited on Mar 31, 2015 by David Simoes-Brown

Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Yes, we discussed this... love it.

Easy and cheap... would need several, and would hope that if installed on a tap there would be a discreet chrome version.

When I fill up with fuel in my car, I keep forgetting to reset my mileometer... would be great if there was a way of this reminding me when I need to consider a reset.

Would also like a bit of gadgetry to link it to a computer app - would have thought that would be an easy concept. If I could link to a computer app, would hope to be able to export data per tap to graphs in Excel.

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Louis Allen Mar 31, 2015

good idea would also help if knowing the cost per litre

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

That could be achieved through an app.... if each of these had sensors which sent information to an app (computer or smart phone based).

If you had one on each of your taps, etc, you could soon see which tap or outlet used the most water.

 

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Jim Samme Mar 31, 2015

Great ideas. I recon having sensors on the water main inlet would.work and shouldn't be too expensive to develop into a practicle device.

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Katie100 Mar 31, 2015

after a while, would you ignore the click?  I love this concept, but I wonder if you would switch off your ears after a while? maybe not if you heard 6p per click? perhaps per litre is too small an amount?

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Katie100 Mar 31, 2015

6p may be too much per litre - it was just a demonstration number!

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

It doesn't need to make a sound, if you can see the numbers... Maybe via an app, you don,t need an audible click.

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mark burns Mar 31, 2015

this is a great idea id like one of these, where can i get one from ?? great way of keeping count 

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Tim Compton Apr 1, 2015

I think this could be really powerful! Ideal if it linked through to an app as discussed or even if a simple conversation chart (online / on a fridge magnet) so you easily convert your usage into cost. I would love to know how much washing the dishes just cost me (not so I can avoid doing it - honest!). This could potentially make the information so personal and relevant to each activity if you had more than one.

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Steph Meachen Apr 1, 2015

Interesting! Not sure if i'd find the click noise annoying ha

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

I think the thing about this click system is that you don't have to have the internet, you don't have to have a smart meter, you don't have to have a water meter... you can just add a simple bit of kit to your tap or hose and keep a count of your water usage.

I know people who have moved to live in the countryside, and live in a remote house, because of allergies to wifi - a girl I know is so badly affected that her life was just a constant migraine... she has finally got peace.

So, I know she would prefer something like this.

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

On another level... some may be afraid to have a water meter... they may be afraid it would put their water bills up. If they had these on their taps for a few days, they would be able to work out their water usage, and see for themselves if a water meter was the way forward.

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Matt Hawkins Apr 1, 2015

I think that people would stop using this very quickly, something less intrusive like the Amphiro (http://amphiro.com/) might be a better shout and would genuinely encourage and incentivise shorter showers and saving of energy.

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

Not seen this product before Matt - interesting... note its only for a shower... but the technology could be transferred to other water outlets. Great spot.

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anita lewis Apr 3, 2015

This  amphiro thing is only good for those that like gadgets but if you are that kind of person this looks like you would find it very useful.

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anita lewis Apr 3, 2015

the amphiro gadget also reminds me of the way people are now being encouraged to control their heating via their phone . various people at work have been talking about this and installing  it so these people would probably prefer this and hate the idea of the clicker.just shows we need various approaches to try and reach the largest number of people! 

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

I don't like the idea of controlling my heating by phone... We are all so different and concepts need to reach the whole country... So it will be that one concept won't fit all, but a few concepts will reach the many.

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anita lewis Apr 4, 2015

Me neither. My friend tried hard to explain why its a good idea but I really dont get it!

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

My phone frequently runs out of battery.... and that's just making calls, texts and emails... If I used it for more things I would run out of battery even quicker. That would drive me potty.

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Katie100 Apr 7, 2015

interesting product, thanks Matt

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Mary O'Connor Apr 1, 2015

Sounds like an interesting idea. It is very hard to visualise a litre of water when it is flowing from a tap.

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George Richardson Apr 3, 2015

It would appear from specification details that the Amphiro products matthawk has highlighted may if as easily adapted for use in all areas,be the answer for energy saving,lowering bills and reducing amount of water used  in production of same, and saving us all water.

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anita lewis Apr 3, 2015

Think the tap clicker would be useful for outside taps when people are using hosepipes or pressure washers etc to remind them how much they are using but the people who insist on hosing all the time & most need to cut down are probably least likely to install one!

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

That is true.... Maybe hoses should have them pre installed? 

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George Richardson Apr 3, 2015

Getting to the Clickmeter a brilliant idea,,which i am sure could soon be manufactured with perhaps the possibility of click annoyance replaced by say a flashing L.E.D. Light turned off at the touch of a button.Could be installed just after the stopcock, with en electronic extension on easy view in the kitchen,and bathroom or wherever you require them.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

hose pipes pre fitted with click meters another GOLDEN suggestion.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

I agree controlling home by phone is a bridge too far . We have heard how so much damage has been done to peoples lives by people accessing their phones. Can you imagine if your home was attacked in the same way,the mind boggles,but some people revel in other peoples misery.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

aster1x  a mobile phone for me is two bridges too far,so i do not have all the extra expense never mind replacing batteries. I have lived without constant contact,desired or mostly not for almost 80 years and am not going to burden myself now. I only know i never miss a meeting,and can almost guarantee because technology is not involved am quite often the only one that has all the required papers,with the chance to read before the meeting' If it's not broken don,t fix it.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

I have a tablet for reading all papers I need. Technology does have a place in our society, but should never be enforced on those who do not want it.

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

Exaconstant modernisation.ctly right nd let dinosaurs like me and Nessie hide away from 

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Mary O'Connor Apr 5, 2015

The problem is that these companies want everyone to be online and assume everyone is. I know people that will not do things online, not because they can't, but because they want to deal with a person rather than a computer. Young people growing up will probably know nothing else other than doing everything online, but there are people out there who do not want to live life like that.

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anita lewis Apr 5, 2015

Thats so true hammy and why it is important to have lots of options available, from the tap clicker to the smart metermeter.somethinng to suit everyone! 

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

This is true... When I lived in London I didn't use online banking on principle - I wanted to ensure banks remained open for those who need them and can't go use a computer.... now, my bank is an hour away, so forced to use online banking!

Important that any thoughts of online accounts, smart meters, etc should be optional.

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

Many,many,many ,Hammy,and this constant movement to forcing everyone down the same road is just wrong, we are thinking reasoning human folk, not robots. When everything is on line what will be left for humans to do God they say gave us free will so why give it up and lose all choice .

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Anyway... this post is supposed to be about tap clickers!! This works well for those who don't want to do things with computers or online.. but it can be adapted to sending signals to online accounts or apps for those who are more technically minded.

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

 The choice is vital,on principal i would not and do not use the whole in the wall. When the girls in the bank said it will save you queing,i replied it will save your jobs. Now there is only a third the number of tellers, i often go in and come out while people are still waiting at the A.T.M.IN the street with handfulls of notes when served.  But i think tap clickers is a brilliant idea.

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Katie100 Apr 7, 2015

Attempt at summary for this post - the main idea is a very simple analogue *click*! on your tap or hose. Some worry that it would be annoying, or that maybe you'd stop hearing it - but it's a popular notion. I think that the red herring of attaching it somehow to an online app came and went in the discussion, and the tap clicker is a low tech option that would remind you of the water volume you are using. Hoses with built in clickers a good build.

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Janet Bradley Apr 7, 2015

I think it could be particularly good if you don't know if you should get a water meter or not... gives you a low cost option to help you know how much water you are using... so you can find out if you would save money having a meter.

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Peter Hutchison Apr 8, 2015

Great idea - to hear this little thing ticking away would be a reminder in the background. 

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David Townson Apr 8, 2015

This is a brilliant idea - gets my vote. It's the water equivalent of a new breed of ambient devices that help you understand complex information in very simple ways (Google 'Stock Orb' for an example). What I particularly love about this idea is that - to start with at least - it could be a simple analogue solution that provides feedback and immediate value to the owner. Fit out of the box and tart getting value immediately.

However, imagine a smart version that could be networked and then behaviours in different locales could be observed. There may be ways to reward people for behaviours - a bit like FitBits being used by insurance companies to reward people for using the gym and giving them lower premiums.

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Kate Humpho Apr 8, 2015

Love this.  Yes please! 

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