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Win a Gutter Mate Rainwater Recycling Kit

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Save Money and Water! Win a Gutter Mate Rainwater Recycling Kit

Gutter Mate are celebrating the launch of their new website www.guttermate.co.uk with a competition that gives you the chance to win a Space Saving Rainwater Recycling Kit worth £150.

Gutter Mate encourages people to save money, water and the environment by recycling rainwater to use in your garden and for household chores. It’s an award-winning eco-business based in Hitchin, which specialises in selling rainwater harvesting products such as water butts, pumps and rainwater collectors, including their award winning Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter which allows you to collect and filter rainwater straight from your property’s downpipe.

Each person in the UK uses approximately 150 litres of water per day and about a third of this is wasted; running down the plughole or being flushed away without being used.
Using collected rainwater for activities like washing your car or watering the garden will result in substantial savings on your metered water bills. It takes up to 9 litres to fill just one watering can. If you wash your car with a hose you can use as much as 540 litres per hour.

Gutter Mate knows that recycling rainwater is one way that everyone can reduce their carbon footprint and have a positive impact on the environment.

For your chance to win Gutter Mate’s Everyday Gardener Space Saving Rainwater Harvesting Kit which consists of a:

 

Answer the following question:

Approximately how many litres of water does each person in the UK use per day?

Enter by emailing your answer to [email protected] by March 31, 2016.

Why is rainwater harvesting important to the environment?

The world is developing rapidly and the pace of change is increasing. The world’s ever-expanding population combined with climate change anxieties are changing opinion on the world’s water resources.

Climate change is currently at the forefront of the world’s political agenda at Paris COP21. It’s vital that we recongise the relationship between water and climate. Here we address the question – why is rainwater harvesting important to the environment?

Water impacts our quality of life. The UN has reported a direct correlation between poverty, hunger and water stress. With the world’s climate continuing to increase, so does the risk of drought. South Africa and California are just two examples of where devastating droughts have occurred in 2015.

Severe drought is bad for the ecosystem, agriculture and the economy.  Decreased agricultural production means the cost of food rises. But, drought runs deeper than that, it is also about economic inequality.  Those who live in poverty are those that suffer worst.  Even in the developed state of California it has been reported that racial disparities and political dysfunction are at the heart of the state’s water crisis.

In the UK drought is relatively common, with one happening every 5-10 years. In 2010-2012 England and Wales suffered a prolonged two year drought, making this one of the most significant droughts of the last 100 years.

“Join other eco-conscious homeowners by re-using what falls from the sky”

 

The fact is that the world depends on a reliable, clean supply of drinking water to sustain our health. We also need water for agriculture, energy production, navigation, recreation, and manufacturing. Many of these uses put pressure on water resources, stresses that are likely to be exacerbated by climate change. In many areas, climate change is likely to increase water demand while water supplies shrink.

Collecting and Recycling rainwater is a way that many countries can reduce the risk of drought. Find out more about the benefits of rainwater recycling and harvesting.

With the world’s population also increasing at a staggering rate, the possibility of not being able to feed the world is a real one.  It takes 200,000,000 litres per second to grow food for the planet. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that we need to increase agricultural production by 70% to feed the projected 9 billion people expected on the planet by 2050, but how do we produce enough water to fuel this agricultural production?

Increasingly, examples from around the world show that rainwater harvesting for domestic supply can positively address multiple issues regarding safe and reliable water supply, food and even income security, whilst reducing negative impacts on ecosystems.

In the past rainwater harvesting has been dismissed for being too costly, but in fact, the cost of implementation can often be less than other, more traditional engineered public water supply methods. 

Using harvested rainwater means zero energy consumption.  You will be saving money on your household water bills and reducing your carbon footprint.”

 

Installing one of Gutter Mate’s basic Rainwater Harvesting Packages at your home for example, means that you can virtually eliminate the need to use tap water for many outdoor and domestic uses, such as, watering the garden, washing the car, cleaning the windows and mopping the floors. Rainwater can be collected by installing a Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter to your downpipe.

Find out more about how to begin rainwater harvesting. In our post, 4 Steps to Rainwater Harvesting.

Resources
United States Envorinmental Protection Agency,
The Guardian, Rainwater Harvesting is Essential to Feed the World
UN MIllenium Project, http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/
The MET Office, http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/interesting/2012-drought

4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling

In our latest blog you can learn how to recycle rainwater for you garden. As we all strive to make our lives more sustainable, rainwater recycling is one way in which you can reduce your environmental impact and save money at the same time.

Rainwater Harvesting or Rainwater Recycling as it’s commonly known, quite simply means the process by which rain water is collected and prepared for reuse. Rainwater Harvesting for your garden can be broken down into 4 steps, Rainwater Collection, Rainwater Storage, Rainwater Treatment and Rainwater Distribution. 

4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling

 

Install the Gutter Mate Divert & Filter

Every rainwater harvesting system should start with the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter, which applies the first phase of filtration to rainwater diverted from the downpipe. A mesh insert can also be purchased for further filtration. 50cm hose provided with purchase. 

START COLLECTING RAINWATER 

 4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling
 

Choose Your Waterbutt

We sell a wide range of waterbutts ranging from 100L up to 250L capacity. There are also plenty of different styles to choose from depending on your personal taste, garden size and shape. Slimline or wallmounted waterbutts are great for small gardens. Waterbutt prices start from £45.  If you want to collect more rainwater we also sell tanks.

START STORING RAINWATER 

4 steps to rainwater recycling
 

Waterbutt Treatment

Gutter Mate’s Water Treatment Solution ensures the rainwater collected in your waterbutt or tank is fresh and ready for use. It prevents algae, contamination & smells. One bottle of treatment costs just £9.99 and it will also help to prevent your hose from discolouring.

START TREATING RAINWATER

 4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling
 

Pump it!

If you’re happy using a good old fashioned watering can then you can skip this part, but if you’d rather connect a hosepipe and use the spray gun, then a water pump is required. The type of waterbutt pump you require will depend on the length of your hose/size of your garden.

START PUMPING RAINWATER

The Benefits of using the Gutter Mate Diverter

Why Settle for Standard?

The unique Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter gives you a peace of mind solution to rain water collection. There are many benefits to using the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter as opposed to a standard diverter as part of your rainwater harvesting system, which is why it is our best selling and award winning product

5 Reasons why you should be using the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter

Not just a standard diverter - The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter Basket

The removable filter basket makes it quick and easy to clean

Unlike a standard diverter, the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter can be cleaned without having to remove your downpipe. It’s easy for you to identify debris and blockages and it can be cleaned in less than 30 seconds.  The filter is a huge benefit as it ensures that rainwater is cleaned before it reaches your water butt or water tank.

Not just a standard diverter - No ladder needed for the GutterMate diverter & filter.

No need to remove your downpipe or use a ladder

Unlike a standard diverter, the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter can be installed and maintained at ground level. When it needs cleaning you don’t have to remove your downpipe to unblock it. Installing a Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter will save you time, energy and money and is an essential part of any rainwater collection system.

GutterMate Diverter & Filter - prevents drainage blockages

It prevents water butt and hose blockages 

Recycling rainwater should be something that makes your life easier not harder. The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter is a hassle-free solution to rainwater collection. The filter system ensures that you won’t need to waste your time trying to remove blockages to your water butt or hose. 

Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter protects your soakaway

Avoid expensive blockages to your soakaway

The debris caught in your Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter works to prevent expensive blockages from occurring in your soakaway. Some of our customers have installed the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter for this reason alone. It is a multi-purpose product, collecting rainwater whilst protecting your soakaway.

Gutter Mate Diveter - It automatically stops diverting water when the butt is full

It automatically stops diverting water when the butt is full

Unlike standard diverters, the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter has two outlets. Once your water butt or rainwater tank is full, water will divert to flow down your downpipe as normal. There is no risk of water spills or burst pipes. Having two outlets also gives your flexibility to divert water using either the diverter or main outlet. 

Start Recycling Rainwater in 2016

Gutter Mate is urging people to Go-Green by recycling rainwater for their home and garden in 2016.

With Climate Change currently at the forefront of world’s political agenda in Paris, it’s a fitting time for us all to review how we can change our own lives in order to help the environment. 

During COP21, The World Water Council has been campaigning to elevate the recognition for water and climate through the #ClimateIsWater initiative. Benedito Braga, President of The World Water Council, reminded government representatives that failing to address the relationship between water and climate puts our future in jeopardy.

As an award winning rain water recycling business, this is a sentiment that Gutter Mate shares. Company director Haydon Robinson, firmly believes that recycling rain water is one way that everyone can reduce their carbon footprint and has a positive impact on the environment and world that we live in.

“We believe that rainwater harvesting can make a real difference to the global climate change crisis. We want to see rainwater harvesting shift from being a niche practice to an everyday commodity. Every household in the UK and beyond should have a system installed by which rain water can be collected, stored and recycled.”

In 2011, Gutter Mate won Best Recycling Project at the Green Herts Awards for their Rainwater Diverter & Filter, which when installed to your downpipe diverts and filters rainwater to a storage facility like a waterbutt or tank.  Since then, thousands of Gutter Mate’s Diverters and Filters have been installed in homes and commercial buildings across the country, enabling them to recycle what falls from the sky.

Installing a basic rainwater harvesting system at your home does not have to break the bank. Having a simple system like a rainwater diverter & water butt, can virtually eliminate the need to use tap water for many outdoor and domestic uses, such as, watering the garden, washing the car, cleaning the windows and mopping the floors. We have some great deals on affordable rain water recycling packages that can be easily installed at home.

As well as having environmental benefits, people should also be motivated by the financial incentive. Using harvested rainwater means zero energy consumption.  You will be saving money on your household water bills as well as reducing your carbon footprint.

If you would like to discuss how to start recycling rainwater for your domestic home or garden or perhaps for a commercial building contact us today. Freephone: 01462 429 765. You may also find our blog 4 Steps to Rainwater Harvesting a useful starting point.

 

The Best Way To Keep Your Gutters Clean This Winter

No more clutter in your gutter!

5 Reasons why the Hedgehog Gutter Brush is the best way to keep your gutters clean this winter.

Fed up of climbing ladders to clean your gutters? Are blocked gutters and drains ruining your weekends? Want to reduce expensive maintenance costs? Save time and money with this award winning solution to gutter and drain maintenance.

The Benefits of using the Hedgehog Gutter Brush

How it works

The award winning Hedgehog Gutter Brush is a simple and effective way of keeping your gutters and drains clean for years to come. The brush spikes will prevent leaves and debris from clogging your gutter and drains.

The Benefits of using the Hedgehog Gutter Brush

Easy to install

No specialist knowledge is needed to install a Hedgehog Gutter Brush. It can be fitted in minutes and it adapts automatically to fit any shape gutter. It comes in 1m strips, but can be cut to size using a wire cutter. Once fitted into a clean system, clogged gutters and drains become a thing of the past.

The Benefits of using the Hedgehog Gutter Brush

An affordable solution 

Enjoy this maintenance free gutter guard from just £14.50. Not only will the Hedgehog Gutter Brush reduce your maintenance costs by up to 90%, it will also reduce your carbon output. No more ladders, no more blocked drains, no more expensive call-outs! 

Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter protects your soakaway

Protect your pathway drains

The Hedgehog Gutter Brush can also be used to protect your pathway drains, working to protect your home drainage system and soakaway. If you need to clean away debris it can be easily brushed away in one sweep. 

The Benefits of using the Hedgehog Gutter Brush

A Durable Solution

The Gutter Brush is a durable solution to gutter and drain maintenance. It’s virtually indestructible and comes with a no quibble 10 year guarantee. The Hedgehog Gutter Brush is a reputable product. It is listed on RIBA Product Selector as a recommended gutter guard.

The Versatility of the Gutter Mate Filter and Diverter

Customer Review

When building our completely off-grid house, we were reliant upon collecting rainwater which is stored in a very large, underground tank. This is then pumped into the house, on-demand, after first going through a water treatment plant.

Our main concern, given the abundance of trees on our land, was to ensure that the underground tank didn’t get clogged with leaves and debris coming down the gutters and fall pipes.  Whilst there are devices that can be put into the gutters themselves, these can’t stop everything. (Also cleaning gutters involves steps or ladders, which can be dangerous.  The cleaning of the Gutter Mate is done with your feet firmly on the ground).

Searching for a solution on the internet, I came across Gutter Mate and purchased seven (7) sets, one for each fall pipe on our house and outbuildings.  They have worked like a dream, stopping large amounts of debris from polluting our underground tank.  One of the main advantages is that they are so very easy to clean.

Simon was able to position the Gutter Mate almost at ground level which enabled him to just look down into the filter to inspect for debris.  Cleaning was a 30 second job.  Because of the design of the Gutter Mate, the diverter outlet was capped off with the blanking cap provided and the main outlet from the filter was used taking all the flow from the downpipe.

The use of the GutterMate Filters has eliminated the need for the filter in the underground tank and the associated issues with cleaning such a filter.  With the GutterMate Filter anyone can inspect and clean the filter, this is not the case with in tank or underground filters.

This is a very good product and the support from the Company has been first class.

By Simon Cutting, Guttermate Customer

Richmond Park Rainwater Harvesting System and Installation

In May 2015 Gutter Mate installed a  rainwater harvesting system at The Royal Richmond Park in London. The park is a national nature reserve. The Richmond Park Rainwater Harvesting System and Installation was part of the park’s Nature Trail Project in which ponds are located.  At the Royal Richmond Park installation we provided:

  • A bespoke rainwater harvesting installation
  • Expert advice & professional attention
  • A system to suit the park’s space and requirements
  • Competitive pricing

Gutter Mate Rainwater Harvesting Systems and Installations have a proven record. Contact us today to find our more about how we can assist you. Working with Gutter Mate means that your project will receive the highest level of expert advice and professional attention, matched with the best equipment at competitive pricing. Find out more.

The Gutter Mate Installation at Richmond Park

For Gutter Mate, every rainwater harvesting system should start with the Gutter Mate Diverter and Filter, which applies the first phase of filtration to rainwater diverted from the drainpipe, whilst also acting as a major asset in protecting soakaways in all properties.

Haydon Robinson and the GutterMate Diverterr
Haydon Robinson installing a Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter

In May 2015 Gutter Mate installed a  rainwater harvesting system at The Royal Richmond Park in London. The park is a national nature reserve. The installation was part of the park’s Nature Trail Project in which ponds are located. In dry months the ponds lost too much water, so Gutter Mate installed a simple and effective rainwater harvesting system which pumps collected rainwater in to the ponds when needed. The pump used was a multi-stage submersible pump.

Rainwater Harvesting at Richmond Park Ponds

 
A 10,000 litre storage system is used to collect rainwater using a Vortex rainwater collection filter. As can be seen from the photographs, debris issues were a major concern from leaves and moss on the barn roof. The filter has solved that issue. This system or similar, is an ideal solution for farm buildings, providing drinking water and wash-down water for livestock. 
 
Richmond Park Rainwater Harvesting Tanks
 
Gutter Mate can advise you on installing the best rainwater harvesting system for your property or project. Contact Gutter Mate today.
 

The Black Friday Sale at Gutter Mate

Our first ever Black Friday sale will commence at midnight on Friday November 27 and will finish at midnight on Cyber Monday November 30.

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With Black Friday set to be the UK’s biggest ever online spending day, Gutter Mate is ready to WOW you with a handpicked selection of best selling products at the BEST prices ever.

No lies, no gimmicks- just good old fashioned bargains!

 

Win tickets to Country Living Christmas Fair

This is your chance to see Country Living Magazine come to life. Christmas is coming and we want this year to be the best Christmas ever.

We have 1 pair of tickets to give away for each of the Country Living Christmas Fairs which are being held in London, Harrogate and Glasgow. If you want to create the perfect Christmas then the Country Living Christmas Fair is a great place to start. At each event you’ll find an abundance of festive shopping and gift ideas, festive treats, inspirations and demonstrations, all geared towards making that Christmas dream a reality.

Visit the Country Living Christmas Fairs in any of the locations below.

  • London Nov 11-15 CLOSED
  • Glasgow Nov 19-22CLOSED
  • Harrogate Dec 3-6 – CLOSED

To Enter

To win a pair of tickets to this year’s Country Living Christmas Fair, simply email your name along with the location of the Christmas Fair you’d like to visit.

Send your email to [email protected] with the subject “Xmas Winner.”

Competition Terms

By entering this competition you agree to receive relevant communications from Gutter Mate including news, offers and competitions. This competition will closed in full at 11:45pm on Friday Nov 27 2015. Only one entry per person. By entering the Competition. The competition is open only to legal residents in the United Kingdom, who are at least the minimum age of 18 years old. Winners Selection: all winning Entries (“Winner(s)”) will be selected randomly from all correct Entries received by the End Date. We will be announcing the winner of each location 5 days before it’s launch date. The Winners will be contacted by telephone or email.