How to Choose a Hot Water System

With water heating accounting for almost a quarter of your energy cost, you need to carefully select the optimum hot water system that will be the most cost effective for your home. You need to take into consideration; weather conditions and usage of your hot water system.

If your hot water system breaks down, you may just want to upgrade to a newer version of the one you’ve already had. But do a little research first as you could save some money on your monthly bill. Let’s take a look at the choices you have.

Types of Hot Water System

Gas Hot Water Systems

One of the most popular water heating systems across Australia, this is the best system to install if you have a gas line or can cheaply access it.

Alternately, you can make use of the LPG to run the system. This is great for big households with a high water demand.


  • Twice as fast and efficient than electric models
  • Super cheap if connected to a natural gas line
  • If the system comes with a pilot light, it will work even in a blackout
  • Have a great reputation for their efficiency


  • If using LPG bottles be prepared to spend more in the long run
  • If using electric ignition, this may fail during blackouts

Electric Hot Water System

You may be tempted by their initial low set up cost, but they may cost you more in the long run.


  • The storage tank is widely available and cheap to install
  • Hot water can be produced on demand
  • Can be installed indoors or outdoors


  • Susceptible to power outages
  • High monthly bills
  • Not as environmentally friendly

If you need any further advice let Brisbane’s friendly expert plumbers give you some advice by giving us a call on 07 3354 3300