Websites that help you buy energy efficient hot water equipment
When you reduce the amount of water that you heat, you reduce the size of your energy bill. To achieve this, there are websites that help you to choose water-efficient fittings and appliances.
Apart from an inexpensive device like a flow regulator, here are the other ways to save money:
Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS)
The ‘Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme’ (WELS) can tell you which products are more water efficient than others. Devices receive a rating to a maximum of six stars. More stars mean less water is used and there is an associated saving on water and energy costs – particularly when you’re using hot water.
When it comes to hot water, the label currently applies to washing machines, dishwashers, showers, taps and flow controllers. The WELS label also shows you how much water is used.
You can search and check out these WELS-rated products via these links:
Flow controllers: EnergyCut.info/wels-flowcontroller-comparison
Clothes washing machines: EnergyCut.info/wels-washing-machine-comparison
Electric hot water systems
If you’re buying an electric hot water system, the government’s Energy Rating website enables you to compare the different models at this page: EnergyCut.info/energy-rating-electric-hot-water
When it comes to your existing electric hot water system, check with your plumber whether a solar retrofit or heat pump hot water system is a better way to go.
Gas hot water systems
If you’re buying a gas hot water system, the government’s Energy Rating website enables you to compare the different models at this page: EnergyCut.info/energy-rating-gas-hot-water
Water heater advice
The Australian Government has a useful guide for people who want to switch to energy efficient water heaters – you can check it out here: EnergyCut.info/govt-hot-water-advice
Energy Ratings label
When buying new hot water appliances, like washing machines and dishwashers, you should also check the Energy Rating label. You can compare the different models and running costs at this page: EnergyCut.info/energy-rating-comparison