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The unused cold water that goes down the drain while while waiting for the temperature to get hot wastes a lot of water, especially in the beginning of a shower. The Cullector is an uncomplicated unit designed to collect the cold water and then mix it up with the coming hot water as it comes out of the shower-head. By using this unit, the wasted water would be reduced to a minimum, as well the heating time and cost.
As mentioned in The Australian newspaper, Cairns Post, this invention would save a single person around 26,400 liters of water per year as well as helping to reduce greenhouse emissions to 7.77 tonnes a year. These figures equal a savings of around 222.81 Australian dollars ($ 231.22 USD) from water and power’s bills per person each year for a family of four. This unit doesn’t need a plumber to be installed in your shower, and it doesn’t need external power to be turned on.
Also, the Cullector allows you to start and to stop the shower without using the main shower taps.
The Cullector was invented by Peter Cullin, who was an Australian musician from Clifton Beach, Cairns. He played saxophone around the Cairns resorts, and before that he played music in a cover band in Melbourne. After inventing this product, he became a teacher in the Australian New Enterprise Incentive Scheme.
This idea was inspired by one of his mom’s practices until she hit her mid 70s: she used to collect the cold water from the shower to water her garden around the house. After a drought invaded Australia during 2010, he started to think about ways to rescue water and the Collector was the result.
Peter Cullin has signed an agreement with the Xiamen Springking Industry Company to produce his invention commercially and it meets the strict Australian, European and American standards. The Xiamen Springking Industry is a Chinese bathroom fitting manufacturer company that is known worldwide for producing fluidic valve infrared inducting sanitary items for kitchens and bathrooms.
As mentioned in his official website, the product will be available in the market worldwide starting in January 2012. The initial price for the Cullector is about 249 Australian dollars ($ 258.33 USD).
The invention was one of the winners of the What’s Your Big Idea Queensland Award by the Queensland Government and Australian Industry Group initiative and ranked on the twentieth position in the Anthill Smart 100 Awards; also, it was a Finalist in the Queensland Tropical Innovation Award.