Plumbing Alterations to Save Money

Plumbing and electrical to save you money

You probably didn’t think that plumbing, electrical, and gasfitting was likely to save you money, energy is expensive, and these trades are responsible for installing and maintaining appliances that use a lot of energy. If we ensure efficient and well-maintained appliances are used, then you can save a lot of money over the years.

The energy we can save is for water heating, space heating, cooking, and lighting.

  • Plumbing alterations to save money. This is a tank the is low energy type. Upgrading your hot water pressure to high pressure can cost around $600 per year in increased energy costs due to more hot water used. A water-efficient showerhead will reduce that bill by around $350 a year.
  • A situation where a gas storage water heater was considered instead of a continuous flow would save money where a lot of hot water was used. If only a small amount of hot water is used then a continuous flow will be cheaper to run due to no heat loss. Some continuous flow water heaters have much larger heat exchangers and are condensing due to a large amount of heat extracted.
  • The use of a conventional water heater costs around $1500 per year to run. Installing a shower heat recovery system will save money.
  • Heat pump water heaters have around a three to five-year payback.
  • Fit a cylinder wrap if you have an older tank. It insulates your tank and reduces heat loss which is expensive over the long term.
  • Insulate the piping around water heaters.
  • Use small LPG bottles to supply gas to cooking appliances rather than piped gas to the property and save on the line charge if that is the only appliance using gas. It pays to use piped gas if using large quantities as its cheaper.

Is it Cheaper to turn off the hot water tank when not using it and then turn it on again when you need it?

That is the age-old question. It was often thought that it cost more to reheat the tank than was lost. This proved to be a myth. Testing revealed that the heat losses were higher and it was more efficient to leave the tank as cold as possible until it was needed. Now there is a tank that will do this trick automatically.

It’s called a Smart Tank by Coopers Tanks owned by Rinnai.


Central Heating Selection

Select 6 and 7-star gas furnaces for the lowest running costs.

Eco Light Bulbs

Select LED bulbs.

Ensure you use heaters with thermostats and preferably timers.

Heat Pump Dryers. We can connect up the condensate line to the laundry tub waste. So no emptying the condensation tank.