Energy efficient

Introducing the new Grundfos SCALA2

Grundfos SCALA2

Credit: Grundfos.

We have exciting news to reveal: the new Grundfos SCALA2 is now available here at Anchor Pumps! The WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) approved SCALA2 Grundfos pump is new product that promises to provide consistent water pressure in every tap in your house every hour of the day – this also includes when several taps/showers are running simultaneously.

The Grundfos SCALA2 offers pump, tank, motor, drive and a non-return valve all in the one place. Designed to handle automatic control to your pumping needs, this Grundfos pump can intelligently adjust its performance to affect your inlet pressure as well as the water consumption to your home simply by monitoring your usage. That’s not all though, as it also possesses a water-cooled motor – so this pump emits hardly any noise at all and is one of the quietest boosters on the market currently!

You may be wondering how they achieve this intelligent pumping controls? Well the SCALA2 is fitted with a sensor that frequently measures the discharge pressure. Therefore, if the water pressure in your home drops below what it should be, the pump will start working harder in order to compensate for the drop in pressure. So, in essence: your home will never be affected by sub-par water pressure again.

There are several benefits to the Grundfos SCALA2 that make it one of the most unique products on the market currently:

Perfect water pressure – The pumps are intelligently designed so that they can control their output based on the needs of your home.

Easy installation – Comes in a compact case that includes the pump and pump, providing the ultimate all-in-one solution.

User Friendly – the easy-to-use operating system is simple to understand so any layman can use it with relative ease.

Minimal noise – Emits low noise levels, unlike many other booster pumps on the market that make a racket.

Affordable – These pumps are perfectly affordable as well as being great value for money in the long run.

Long lasting – Has been through rigorous quality checks and needs zero maintenance, Grundfos offer a five-year warranty as standard.

Quality reliability – The pumps are protected from dry-running and possess anti-cycling technology.

While the Grundfos SCALA2 is ideal for residential buildings (as it can handle up to three floors and 8 taps), it also possesses other applications should you need them. The pump can be used for boosting from tanks – including roof tanks, break tanks and ground tanks – and wells as having the ability to pump water from a depth of 8 metres.

With the Grundfos SCALA2 pump, you will never again have to worry about having to cut a shower short again just because someone else in the house is using the water. Be sure to check out the range of Grundfos Pumps on our site.

Check out this installation video provided by Grundfos:

Grundfos Motors Achieve World-Class Rating

grundfosSome exciting news coming from Grundfos this month: the IE5 rated MGE motors are now considered to be world class in their energy efficiency. Already an industry leader in energy efficient pump technology and performance, Grundfos are now delighted to announce that their new IE5 rated motors, offer 10% in saved energy as well as a massive 25% reduction in payback time as opposed to the older IE3 models.

Guaranteeing some of the best performing motors available on the market right now, this machinery vastly surpasses IE3 legislative demands and meets all the features of the strict standards of IE5, which is the highest energy efficiency level electrical motors can attain. All of the Grundfos MGE motors (from 0.75 kilowatts to 11 kilowatts) have achieved this IE5 efficiency status.

The secret behind these MGE motors impeccable performance is their quality artificial intelligence. Its control technology is able to adjust to the system that surrounds it and thus reduce the energy it needs to use to operate and when you combine the IE5 motor & it’s integrated frequency converter with Grundfos experience in pump motor technology, you’re sure to optimise the performance.

We at Anchor Pumps are proud to say that we stock a broad range of Grundfos pumps, one of the world’s leading manufacturers in their industry. The pumps feature unbeatable design and are outstanding features of engineering that are applicable to many applications, whether it be domestic, commercial or industrial uses.

The strength of these pumps are a key feature, as their high-grade stainless steel construction are ensured to withstand constant high usage, so they will not be damaged by issues regarding corrosion. They guarantee quality in every product that they sell, and we stock many of them, whether it be home boosters, liquid circulators or waste-water & drainage pumps, you can be assured that you are buying the best. These products are simple to maintain and install.

Grundfos are constantly pioneering new technologies, have helped a vast amount of industries and we are positive that they’re sure to continue doing so in the future.

KSB Launch New Range of Energy Efficient Submersible Borehole Pumps

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KSB Pumps have specialised in the production of water pumps, valves and systems for over 140 years and their products and services keep the world’s domestic, commercial and industrial water supplies running.

With more than 80 years’ experience in the design, development and implementation of borehole pumps alone, KSB are a world-leader in waste water management systems and can be relied upon to deliver not only reliable, high-performance pumps, but outstanding advice and customer service too.

However, despite being well-established experts in their field, KSB are not a company to rest on their laurels.

With their eye on the water management needs of the future, their experienced network of engineers and developers have been working hard to press forward with innovative new products and their latest lines have just been revealed at the 2016 IFAT.

IFAT is the world-leading International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management, and it attracts exhibitors from all over the world who network, trade, promote their products and discuss the future of the water management industry.

It was here that, among more than 3000 of the world’s most respected companies, KSB Pumps revealed its new UPA range of energy efficient, dirty water submersible pumps.

These new energy saving borehole pumps offer users and the environment a number of advantages over other synchronous or asynchronous alternatives:

Green Credentials

Every organisation has a responsibility to update its technologies to the most energy efficient standards available to reduce their carbon footprint.

These new KSB UPA pumps enable companies to do that, but from a commercial perspective, they also enable organisations to increase their green credentials without incurring additional costs or compromising on performance and efficiency.

Performance and Efficiency

With in-built, ‘permanent, magnet excited synchronous motors’ the new KSB submersible pumps offer a high-performance output that ‘clearly exceeds that of conventional asynchronous motors’ without developing excessive heat.

This has been achieved with:

  • Frequency inverters that optimise and adjust flow rates to regulate and reduce the frequency of pump starts, paired with patented sand separators which extend the pump’s life.
  • A stainless steel and hard carbon construction that operates continuously and removes the need for maintenance.
  • Mechanical seals that prevent waste fluid from mixing with motor fluid to increase the performance and availability of the motor.
  • Dynamically balanced rotors that ensure smooth running.
  • Lubricated, self-adjusting tilting pads inside the thrust bearings plus counter-thrust bearings that absorb hydraulic axial thrust to protect the impellers and prevent them from coming into contact with the casings.

Cost Reduction

The cleverly engineered design and construction of the new KSB UPA pump means that users can enjoy increased efficiency and lower running costs.

With a reduction in the energy required to power the pump, immediate and ‘enormous savings’ can be made on operational costs but in the long-term, there are other significant savings to be made.

The construction of the casings and its internal workings ensures an extended life, while the maintenance-free reliability it offers reduces the potential costs of down-time due to mechanical errors and any associated labour costs for repairs.

In comparison with other submersible borehole water pumps currently available, any outlay made will be recouped quickly to generate a swift return on the investment.

Choice of Applications

With a motor and pump system officially certified for use with drinking water, the new UPA pump series has a number of applications to ensure that both individuals and organisations can enjoy the benefits of them.

A choice of different metal variants are available, so any aggressive fluids can easily be managed with the stainless steel pump sets of 8 inches and above, while the increased output on offer means they are suitable for use with larger pumps to manage flow rates of up to 850 cubic meters per second.

This makes them ideal for handling clean or dirty water for:

  •         Irrigation and drainage
  •         Pressure boosting
  •         Industrial and residential water supplies
  •         Groundwater management
  •         Raw or service water supplies

To find out more about KSB UPA Pumps and how you can use them to your advantage, get in touch with the knowledgeable team here at Anchor Pumps.


Cheap ways to make your home more energy efficient

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If you’re keen to create a more energy efficient home, the good news is that it’s perfectly possible to do so without spending a fortune. Some strategies require no outlay at all, and others are even supported by government subsidies. We take a look at some of the most popular.

Home insulation

This is one of the most important measures you can take and good insulation does make a huge difference to your home, keeping out the heat in summer and keeping it in in winter. Without good insulation, the energy you put into your air conditioning and central heating will just disappear into the ether and will cost you money, whilst damaging the environment. You can bring in an expert to install insulation for you, or get down to your local DIY store for the necessary kit and a tutorial.

Double glazed windows

Double glazing can be costly initially, but it is also a fantastic long-term investment for your home and one that should add value to it whilst keeping in the warmth. You’ll immediately notice the difference in terms of your energy insulation and efficiency when you install double glazed windows. They also look good and are far more secure than older single glazed varieties. And you’ll save money in the longer term through the efficiency savings.

Energy efficient lightbulbs

Old glass bulbs are now unavailable for sale and the technologies available for ‘greener’ lighting evolve all the time. Look for CFLs, or compact fluorescent bulbs, which last for up to twelve times as long as old fashioned incandescent bulbs. These save a great deal of energy, and money.

Energy efficient appliances

Look for replacement appliances which bear the HE logo and which are highly rated when it comes to energy efficiency. Whether you are upgrading your shower to one of the Grundfos Go or Grundfos Magna Pumps, or looking to replace your inefficient old tumble dryer with a newer and greener model, you’ll find plenty of options available with clear information about how the European energy standards work. Some cost a little more initially, but they’ll recoup the higher outlay through cost savings, whilst reducing your carbon footprint.

Be mindful of your energy usage

One easy way to reduce energy consumption at home is to be more careful in the way that you use it. Switch off lights, and put on a jumper before you switch the heating on. Keep thermostats switched down a notch and don’t leave things on standby, or phone chargers plugged into the wall when they are not being used. Another great tip is to limit the amount of time you spend in the shower – pop a timer in and cut it down to a couple of minutes. Put a waver saver into the toilet if you don’t already have an energy saving flush built in – your utility company can often provide one free of charge.

Schedule an energy usage audit

There are various services – usually non-profit – which will audit your home for energy efficiency and give you ideas as to how you can live more greenly. Look online too for ideas and if your utility firm offers a smart meter option then take them up on it. If you have children then this can be a great way to get them involved. Kids are naturally interested in environmental issues and usually have some great ideas.

Consider a composter

An easy way to reduce waste at home is to invest in a composter for the garden, so that your old food waste can be put to good use. Contact your local council as they often offer free or subsidised composters as part of their energy saving initiatives. You can also use eggshells to protect your plants from invaders and rolled up newspaper makes great seedling trays.

Get creative and go online for ideas as to how to reduce, reuse and recycle in your home. A water butt is also a worthwhile investment from a similar perspective – rainwater makes for better plant watering than chlorinated tap water and saves you money too.

For larger investments

Look at renewable energy investments for the home; a biomass boiler such as a wood burning stove for example or a solar energy panel or two on a south facing roof. Government subsidies are still available for energy generation so it’s worth contacting an installer to find out what options are available, and at what investment levels.

Good luck with your domestic energy challenge!