Future Innovation – Sustainable showers

When it comes to saving energy, one of the key messages we’ll throw at you is to take shorter showers. Less singing, more scrubbing, as we would often joke…

Written by Jordaine Chattaway


But that’s all changed, thanks to this handy piece of bathroom innovation fresh from Denmark.

The Flow Loop is every shower-diva’s dream. Instead of letting the water wash off your body and go straight into the drain, the Flow Loop has been designed to re-use the water – again, and again … and again.

Circulating the water through a filtration system on its way up the front he floor, back to the showered, the Flow Loop allows you to enjoy a hot shower, for as long as you want without wasting water.

For those of you who are squirming at the thought of having your dirty shower water re-poured over your head time and time again, its website claims the water is actually cleaner after it passes through the filtration system than it was when it first came out your shower head.

The shower kicks off in standard mode (which means you always have the option of having a normal shower) and can be transformed into the circulation mode simply by stepping on the drain cover.

The only additional water used is a little added warm water to ensure the temperature remains just right.

Flow Loop claims it can save (on average) 85% of water and 75% of energy. 

Image credit: Flow Loop. Website credit: Flow-Loop.com

Innovation at Origin

We’re committed to helping secure a cleaner energy supply because we want a cleaner, better future for all Australians and the planet. Here’s a few examples of how we’re focussing on energy innovation and leading the way to a clean energy future.

Correct as of 17 August 2017

1. We’re trialling next gen home energy solutions

In collaboration with California-based tech start-up Bidgely, Origin will shortly begin trialing the new solution with 5,000 customers in Victoria, providing them with a rare insight into where energy is being used in their household and helping them to manage their energy costs.

2. We’ve launched O Hub

Our Bidgely trial (see above) is one of the first projects being run out of O hub – a new office in Melbourne where Origin people are co-located with Australian tech start-ups, which is dedicated to rapidly prototyping, developing and trialing new customer solutions.

3. We co-founded Free Electrons

Origin is a proud co-founder of Free Electrons – a global accelerator bringing together eight forward-thinking utilities and 12 leading start-ups in renewables, smart grids, electric vehicles and home energy management.

4. We’ve established a presence in Silicon Valley

Origin is establishing a presence in Palo Alto, California – helping facilitate our access to the vibrant Silicon Valley start-up community.

5. We’re supporting clean energy innovation

Principal sponsor of EnergyLab – the new home for clean energy innovation and Australian Energy technology start ups, which is located at the University of Technology, Sydney.

6. We mean business when it comes to climate change

We have committed to closing our single coal-fired power station, Eraring in NSW, at the end of its life in the 2030s and are accelerating our investment in renewables. Origin was the world’s first energy company to sign up to seven initiatives of the We Mean Business coalition, a worldwide group of NGOs, signatory companies and institutional investors committed to limiting climate change impacts to 2oC. Read more about it here.

7. We’re already making big leaps in renewable energy

Origin is one of Australia’s largest supporters of renewable energy, with a portfolio of more than 700MW of owned or contracted renewable energy. We have invested in wind generation for more than a decade and by 2020, we intend to add up to 1500 MW of new, large-scale renewable energy to our portfolio. In the past year, we have signed a series of long-term agreements to buy the power produced by solar farms across Australia including:

  • the 220 MW Bungala solar project near Port Augusta;
  • the 150MW Daydream solar farm in north Queensland;
  • the 56 MW Moree solar farm in NSW;
  • the 100 MW Clare solar farm in Queensland;
  • the 10.8 MW Lakeland solar project in Queensland, which also incorporates 5.3 MWh of battery storage.

8. We are one of the largest providers of green energy in Australia

We have more than 150,000 green energy customer accounts, making us one of the largest Australian providers of GreenPower and Green Gas products. Green power is energy sourced from government accredited renewable power sources.

9. We’re solar experts

We have 410,000+ Origin electricity customers with rooftop solar installed who receive feed-in tariffs for the extra solar energy they produce. Origin is also Australia’s second largest installer of residential solar systems, having directly sold and installed around 85,000 residential solar systems.

10. We believe a balanced supply is important

Gas will be the key to managing the transition to lower carbon and providing reliability and affordability as renewable energy grows. Origin’s generation portfolio consists of mainly gas-fired power stations, which are lower emissions and can be started more quickly than coal to step in and provide electricity when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. We’ll keep doing what we can to decarbonise our energy supply and economy, while making sure our responsibilities as the largest energy provider in Australia are met at all times


About the author

Jordaine leads Origin’s Social Media Content by day and runs her own fashion news outlet, The Modern Black, by night. The former newspaper and television journalist loves to play with words and has a passion for finding new ways to change the world for the better … one little step at a time. 

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