How to reduce the amount of energy your hot water system burns through

Hot water systems consume a substantial amount of energy, contributing to around 21% of the average Australian household’s energy usage. However, there are simple yet effective measures you can take to reduce your hot water system’s energy consumption without sacrificing comfort. In this article, we’ll explore practical tips to help you optimise your hot water system’s efficiency and save on energy costs.

Insulate Your Pipes

Heat loss from uninsulated hot water pipes is wasteful and costly. According to an article in the ABC it was found that ‘a poorly insulated system located outdoors can lose up to 3 kilowatt-hours per day, which costs $185 per year’. Therefore, insulating your pipes is a simple and cost-effective solution. Think of it as a jacket for a pipe. By preventing heat loss, you can significantly improve your hot water system’s efficiency to ultimately save you money. All exposed hot water pipes can be insulated if they’re accessible but the first 2 metres coming from the hot water unit the most critical sections, according to the Tasmania Energy Saving Projects Resource.

Regular Maintenance

Routine maintenance is vital to ensure your hot water system performs at its best. It’s advised every two years, but you can contribute to its smooth operation by releasing the pressure relief valve every six months.

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Efficient Water Usage

Cutting back on hot water usage is a direct way to reduce energy consumption. Using water-efficient showerheads can drastically reduce your hot water consumption during showers. Opt for cold water when possible, especially for washing machines and rinsing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. Address drips and leaks promptly to avoid unnecessary water heating.

Consider Energy-Efficient Upgrades

If you’re in the market for a new hot water system, consider energy-efficient options. Fallon Solutions offers a range of energy-efficient appliances and solutions that can help you save on energy bills while reducing your carbon footprint. As part of the Queensland Government’s Climate Smart Energy Savers Program, you can benefit from rebates on energy-efficient appliances, including hot water systems. Upgrading to an energy-efficient system can lead to substantial long-term energy and financial savings.

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By implementing these strategies, you can effectively reduce your hot water system’s energy consumption and contribute to a more sustainable future. For expert advice and solutions tailored to your needs, explore the offerings at Fallon Solutions and take steps towards an energy-efficient and cost-effective home.


How to reduce the amount of energy your hot water system burns through – ABC News