Which hot water system is right for me?

Choosing the right hot water system can make a big difference to your wallet and your lifestyle. Hot water is a large part of a normal household’s utility bill, and there are a number of other different benefits from having either solar, gas or electric hot water heating, so getting the right system is important.

First, you need to work out your needs. How big is your household, is it going to grow in the future? How and when do you use hot water, do you have five people needing showers every morning? How much do you spend at the moment with what system?

Next, you need to find out if there are any government schemes running.

Generally speaking, if your house has high hot water needs then you are best to get a gas or electric hot water heater as they can supply instantaneous flow which is virtually endless, though electric hot water systems can be expensive depending on when they are used.

If cost is more important then you may want to get a solar water heating system or solar heat pump, as even though these involve a large initial outlay, they then have extremely low operating costs. Gas hot water cylinders are usually cheaper to run than electric hot water cylinders.

If you are worried about your carbon footprint then a solar hot water system or heat pump is the best, with gas next and electricity as the worst.