Electrically Heating Water equals 70% of your power costs
Energy Smart PTY Ltd is going green as conventional electric systems are phased out and energy efficient gas, solar and heat pump systems are installed across Australia
Hot water heating accounts for approximately 80% of the energy used in Australian homes. According to the Australian Government electric water heaters are the second largest consumer of energy in Australian homes, generating up to three times more greenhouse gases than low emission alternatives.
The phase out
The Commonwealth, State and Territory governments (excluding Tasmania) are working to phase out greenhouse intensive hot water systems, and phase in alternatives including gas, solar (including gas or electric boosted) and heat pump systems.
The phase-out of electric systems will be implemented through regulations within the 2011 Building code of Australia for new buildings, and through regulations within State plumbing codes for existing buildings replacing failed systems.
This means that conventional electric system replacement will be discouraged and ultimately cease.
Electric and gas boosted solar systems will be encouraged.
Choosing the best system
Different hot water systems have different benefits and will vary in suitability of sites and needs of users. The local climate, building size, lowest cost energy sources available as well as the installation, running and maintenance, homeowner preferences and government financial incentives. need to be taken into account.
SolarSmart are able to assess what is best for your needs firstly from your information supplied and secondly from a site inspection.
Solar hot water
Solar Hot water systems are fast becoming popular around Australia with significant benefits for homeowners and the environment.
Whilst replacement roof top tank models are available the popularity has switched to split systems where the tank sits on the ground and an electric motor moves the water between the tank and the roof . More recently the photovoltaic roof panels produce electricity for the entire household including the ground-mounted tank.
Solar hot water systems can provide between 50% to 90% of a household’s needs. This can be either boosted gas or electric.
A chat with SolarSmart will assist you to choose the right system for your home.
All new technology Heat Pump
It’s a solar heater without roof panels! It works just like your refrigerator, but in reverse taking heat from the air and placing it into the hot water storage tank. Using the latest technology, heat pumps use less than half the consumption of an electric jug! Heat pumps are the simplest of all to install – they just plug into a power point and use existing plumbing in most cases.