Having been very happy with the 1 euro loft insulation, and the 1 euro wall insulation, I’m now turning my eye towards the 1 euro water softener. We live in a very hard water area.
Has anybody taken advantage of this offer yet? If so, how did it work out? Was the company reliable? were there any catches? There are so many different organisations offering it and I want to apply but not be hassled with endless phone calls promising much and offering nothing. Does anybody recommend a particular company?
If the loft insulation deal is still available, go for it. It isn’t a scam. Like the free low energy light bulbs that so many people ignored, that was a genuine offer. So is the wall insulation. It is income dependent, all the insulation folk needed was to see tax return.
And the “contraption” is surprisingly expensive. We had one installed years and years ago and I just fill it with salt (I’ve no idea if it makes any difference or not) and a man turns up every year to “service” it (I’ve no idea if he makes any difference either😂).
Please forgive my scepticism, but if the very nice lady is going to arrange for a water softener costing €1,000 to be installed for €1, and there is no government grant, then how is the company going to make any money ? Are they going to sign you up for a very expensive maintenance contract, or do the special salt cartridges cost an arm and a leg, or perhaps it is both ?
I would wish to see all the details of this offer in writing and would definitely read all the small print.
As I explained above, the 1 euro is for the delivery and installation. It does not include the cost of the machine, which is paid by the customer. The advertising is a little misleading. The company makes their money from selling you the machine.
OK. Now I understand better. Thanks for the clarification.
So how does the cost of the water softener compare to the cost of using a decalcification product in the kettle, washing machine, dishwasher, from time to time ?
Indeed so. I reckon that the cost of a water softener, plus the cost of maintaining it in good and efficient working order, will far outweigh the cost of the decalcifying products that I am likely to need during the remainder of my lifetime.
In the same way that modern electric kettles no longer have the heating element in direct contact with the water being heated, there are electric ‘Ballon’ water heaters that are constructed in the same way to prevent calcium build up.
Incidentally, I have been using a piece of kit very similar to that pictured above by @NotALot for the last 17 years and can report similar beneficial results. Certainly hugely cheaper than a conventional water softener and the health benefits of the harder water are retained.
Find a section of the incoming cold water feed with a 16A socket nearby and simple wind the wires around the pipe as shown in the instructions. You might need some adhesive tape to secure the ends of the wires.