Water heating is a significant consumer of energy in Australia and many people do not realise that it accounts for the second largest segment of household energy use, following space heating and cooling. Warm water is commonly used for baths and showers, to wash clothes and clean dishes, and other items in the kitchen. Thankfully, there are many ways to reduce your hot water bill including:
Making small changes to your daily habits
You can save money by reducing how much hot water you use, this can include taking shorter or fewer showers, installing water-efficient appliances, showerheads and taps, and using eco or cold-water settings on appliances when you need to use them.
Repairing your hot system or installing a brand new one
Hot water systems are typically expected to last around 8 – 10 years, but if yours has started to leak or is showing signs of corrosion (a metallic smell or strange brown or reddish coloured water), you should call an experienced and qualified plumber and gasfitter for an inspection as soon as possible. You likely need hot water repairs or a full system replacement. At first, you might think nothing of a leak from your system, but even a small leak can waste thousands of litres of water each year.
There are now many new and highly efficient hot water systems available on the market that can help you to reduce costs. In Australia, minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) are a requirement for electric and gas storage water heaters as well as gas instantaneous water heaters, however, they are not a requirement for solar, heat pump or electric instantaneous water heaters.
When selecting a new hot water system keep in mind your local climate, household size and availability of space and energy sources.
How we can help
Plumbers & Gasfitters Bunbury are the experts when it comes to conducting hot water repairs and replacements. We are experienced with all kinds of water systems including solar, electric, heat pump, instant and continuous and are highly qualified professionals. We service Bunbury and the surrounding areas. Get in touch with us today on 1800 158 886 to make an appointment with us or to learn more about how we can assist you!