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Gas vs Electric vs Solar: Which Hot Water System Should I Buy?

When you’re suddenly on the lookout to replace your hot water system, it’s important to know the pros and cons of the different types available. Don’t rush to make a decision simply because the thought of constant cold showers starts to become a nightmare!

Here’s a quick reference guide to hot water system types – gas, electric and solar – to help you decide which system is best suited for your household’s hot water needs.

What is a hot water system and why do I need one?

A hot water system is a domestic appliance that uses a tank to provide a household with the instant delivery of hot water.

There are two types of water heaters available to households nationwide – storage and instantaneous systems. A hot water storage system uses an insulated tank to store heated water for required usage. These systems operate using either gas, electric or solar power.

An instantaneous hot water system only heats water when required, and does not store water. These systems operate either on gas or electricity.

FACT: Hot water systems account for the second largest energy usage in Australian households.

Which is better: gas, electric or solar?

A gas hot water system can be a good option for small and medium households (anywhere between 1 and 4 people), regardless of whether you are operating a storage or an instantaneous system. Gas storage systems are also an economical choice for large families with more than 4 people.

Gas is cheaper to run than an electric hot water system, gas rates do not vary throughout the day, therefore gas hot water systems can heat water as needed. However, costs can vary for regional properties where gas bottle delivery adds to the service cost.

An electric hot water system is usually the best application for a small household (between 1 and 2 people), It can be very cheap to buy and is the easiest type of system to install – in fact, it can be placed either indoors or outdoors.

One major disadvantage of running your hot water system via electricity is that it can be very expensive if it is run during on-peak times, and may account for most of your electricity bills!

A solar hot water system helps to reduce environmentally harmful emissions and can increase your home’s value. You may also find yourself with decreased power bills, and may receive solar hot water rebates offered by the Australian Government.

Running your hot water off of solar energy can be an expensive investment. Solar hot water systems can also be time-consuming when it comes to installation, an inspection at your home will be needed in order to effectively plan where your solar collector panels and storage tank are going to be placed.

Want to find out more?

At Pascoe’s Gas, Water and Electrical, we can help find the right gas, electric or solar hot water system for you and your family!

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