When it comes to sustainability, electric hot water systems are leading the way in terms of innovation and energy efficiency. Despite common misconceptions about energy consumption, the benefits of this trusted and reliable source of hot water are undeniable. Advancements in technology mean electric hot water systems are one of the most energy-efficient water heating options on the market today.
This article discusses why electric hot water systems are not only a cost-effective solution for modern homes but eco-friendly, too. We’ve even thrown in some tips about how to make sure your electric hot water system stays energy-efficient.
Why electric hot water systems are future-proof
Around half of all Australian homes use electric storage hot water heaters. That’s because they are reliable, last for many years, are easy to install and are affordable to run, especially if you have solar panels on your home.
Electric hot water systems not only reduce household energy bills, they are also a better option for the environment. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions is good for the climate, and the alternative to electric systems – gas systems – are slowly being phased out in order to help Australia reduce its carbon footprint to net zero.
The running costs of gas water heaters will continue to rise in the future. In fact, by 2030, gas systems will be the most expensive type of hot water system to run. Electric hot water is a more flexible solution that better matches renewable generation. So, despite common misconceptions about the energy efficiency of electric hot water systems, they are actually a better investment for the future.
Lower purchase cost and easy installation
The cheapest type of hot water system to purchase, electric hot water systems don’t require much maintenance. Even with limited space, installation is straightforward, meaning lower installation costs in most cases. And, as they are available in instantaneous (tankless) or storage tank systems, they suit any household size.
The pros of electric hot water systems
They can be installed inside or out, have a long lifespan of up to 15 years, offer a consistent water temperature year-round and provide a constant supply of pressure throughout your house, from the kitchen to the shower.
They are a consistent energy source, so unlike a solar water heater that’s dependent on the weather, your comfort is guaranteed even if the sun isn’t shining. Another advantage is that you don’t need to find a place on your roof to install an electric hot water system, so they are suitable no matter what type of property you have.
Why electric hot water systems suit modern smart homes
Many electric water heaters now come with smart features that can help you conserve energy and give you complete control from your smartphone. They can even detect service issues and prevent leaks. There are brands with self-cleaning functions, element health indicators, and energy usage tracking. Many allow for ‘holiday mode’, so you can save power but still come home to a tank full of hot water.
See our article Most Efficient Hot Water Systems in Australia for more advice on what to look for in a new hot water system.
Government rebates reward energy efficiency
In NSW, a government rebate is available for people upgrading their hot water system to a more efficient model under the Energy Savings Scheme. Queensland residents can also get money back on energy-efficient appliances, so it’s worth checking if government incentives to lower carbon emissions and cut your household energy use exist in your state before you purchase a new water heating unit.
How to make sure your hot water system is as energy efficient as possible
Modern homes require modern solutions, and electric hot water systems are one of the best options on the market today. However, there are a few ways to make sure your electric system is working as efficiently as possible to lower your power usage.
1. Choose a heating system without a water tank
Tankless, instantaneous, on-demand systems heat water only as you need it. Because they don’t have a hot water tank where water is stored and kept warm, they use less electricity than traditional storage systems, meaning a lower energy bill. Space-saving tankless products are suited to all households, including apartments.
2. Lower the temperature of your hot water
Turning down the thermostat on your hot water heater can have a huge impact on your energy bill. A storage tank system should be set at 60 °C. Never open a panel with an electrical warning; you should call a plumber for that. However, if your hot water system has an access panel, it might be worth checking that the temperature isn’t set any higher than necessary.
3. Ensure pipes are insulated
Heat loss can occur through tanks and plumbing, so ensure pipes are insulated with closed-cell rubber insulation for maximum energy efficiency. You can even insulate parts, such as relief valves and outlets, but the pipe closest to the hot water system is the most critical.
4. Lower your water usage
This one is obvious! Less water usage means lower energy bills, so here are some tips to help reduce water usage.
- Install water-efficient shower heads.
- Wash your clothes in cold water.
- Rinse dishes under the cold tap.
- Turn the mixer taps right around to cold, not warm.
- Fix dripping taps as soon as possible.
5. A little bit of maintenance goes a long way
As different models have different care instructions, you should always consult your manual before services. However, most storage tank units will benefit from releasing the relief valve every few months. This will help extend its life. Keep an eye on the amount of sediment in your storage tank, too. If you’re experiencing problems with your hot water system, it’s best to consult a professional such as Same Day Hot Water Service, which has a 24-hour emergency plumbing hotline. Call 1300 256 904 for emergency hot water repairs or to organise a hot water system service at your convenience.
6. Choose the right system for your household
Your hot water system should match your household size and usage to be cost-effective. A system that’s too small will see you having cold showers and one that’s too large will cost a fortune to run. It’s best to do your research before you’re stuck without hot water. See our article on the Best Home Water System for a Large Family to find the best hot water system for you.
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