Regardless of the type of hot water system you use, there are a number of common sense ways to reduce the amount of hot water you use and pay for.
- Install a low-flow showerhead for a satisfying shower using the minimum amount of water.
- Take shorter showers. Use a shower timer to encourage your household to take four-minute showers.
- Wash your clothes in cold water where possible.
- Fix dripping taps.
- Insulate exposed hot water pipes with closed-cell rubber insulation, available from hardware stores.
- Service and maintain your hot water system using a licensed tradesperson according to the manufacturers instructions.
- Plan for your hot water system's replacement, especially if it's more than ten years old. Choose a hot water system to suit your household's needs.
Choose an energy efficient hot water system
There are a range of energy efficient hot water heaters to choose from, depending on your fuel source, household size, budget and preference for instantaneous or storage systems. Choose the right hot water system for your needs and use it wisely, and you can save energy and lower your hot water costs.
Hot water installation tips
Regardless of the type of hot water system that you choose, simple installation tips will help you to save energy and money.