Alinta - Hot Water

This Weeks Episode of Home in WA



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Perth WA 6000

Hot water accounts for up to 30 per cent of an average Perth household's energy consumption, so it's worth taking the time to consider the best option for your home and family.

For an endless supply of steaming hot water, nothing beats natural gas. It's a clean, environmentally-friendly fuel, its instant and efficient, it's reliable and it's economical. And with the average life of a hot water system around 10 years, planning ahead to make sure your system suits your needs now and in the future will help save you money

There are basically two types of natural gas hot water systems that deliver a reliable, economical and steaming supply of hot water – continuous flow and storage.
As its name suggests, a Storage unit stores hot water in an insulated tank and supplies it at mains pressure, so you get plenty of hot water to more than one tap at a time. A continuous – or instantaneous - system heats the water as you use it, which means you'll never run out of hot water. And because continuous flow hot water systems don't need a large area to store water, they're very compact in size.

When choosing a natural gas hot water system to suit your needs, you need to consider the number of people living in your home and your water consumption patterns –do you all shower in the morning or maybe run the bath, dishwasher and washing machine at the same time.

Since hot water systems have a life expectancy of at least ten years, you also need to look at future family size. Expanding or growing families need more hot water as the years progress so remember to plan for that. You'd be amazed at the extra demands one of these can create on the hot water supply.

Installation, running and maintenance costs also need to be considered. The cheapest unit to buy upfront may not be the most efficient to operate and maintain.

Remember too that in existing homes, it may not be possible to install some units [like a storage hot water system] due to a difficult layout or lack of space.

The other important factor to consider in choosing a natural gas hot water system is safety. Every year in Australia, over 1000 children and elderly people are burnt by hot tap water – most commonly in the bathroom.

The best way to prevent scalds is to reduce the hot water temperature to 50˚C. There are a number of hot water safety devices on the market including temperature control panels which allows you to set the desired water temperature without the need for mixing hot and cold water from the tap.

As when choosing any new appliance, look for the energy rating. All new natural gas hot water systems are rated for energy efficiency. The more stars, the more energy efficient the unit, the lower its running costs and the lower the greenhouse gas emissions.