A Buyers’ Guide: Choosing the Energy-Efficient Hot Water Heating System

icon hot waterStatistics show the significant average accounting the energy costs of the average Australian household. A hot water heating system is expected to provide hot water for the entire household, but it does not mean that you have to compromise on its efficiency. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the best, energy-efficient water heater such as the use of hot water, the energy sources to be used and the size of your household. Read through to know what these factors are.

  • Use of Hot Water in the Household – You have to know how much amount of water you need at home to make better selections on getting the best in terms of your monetary value and energy efficiency.
  • Size of Household – The heating system you need should be fit to the number of people living in your house as well as the members to be added in the future.
  • The Manner and Time of Using the Hot Water System – Assess whether you need much hot water at once. Ask yourself whether all of you in the house will be using hot water at the same time. Check if your washing machine or dishwasher draws on the hot water system.
  • Costs of Electricity Use – Try to check your bills in the previous 12 months and see if there is a separate column detailing your hot water use charge. Call your energy supplier for assistance in calculating your cost if it is not separated. Most of the time, water heating cost is about one third of the overall energy use. Remember that you are paying to heat every hot water you use at home, so you must not waste it.
  • Distance of the Parts of the House in Need of Hot Water – If you are planning to change the layout of your existing home or design a new one, consider grouping the areas, which require hot water, to be closer together including the toilets, bathroom, laundry and kitchen. This will help you save on your energy costs and lessen the initial plumbing costs. Less hot water will be wasted when sitting in longer pipes as well as less time for hot water to stop functioning at its best.
  • Cost of the New Water Heating System – Be always mindful on the installation and upfront cost and the ongoing running costs of the heater.
  • The upfront costs include the purchase and installation of the system. Costs of the building consent will also be included in some cases.
  • The ongoing running costs may vary over one year, depending on the heater that you have chosen, the amount of water you have used, and the energy tariff.

With the information given above, it does make sense to choose a hot water heating system that suits your needs with less energy, costing you less to operate and cut its environmental effects in the near future. An energy-wise heating system is rightly sized for the household, appropriate for the climate, and well positioned.

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