Weekly Feature: Sunday Mail – 29th June, 2014 – Hot water and plumbing
Hot Water Help
Long Showers in “Hot water”/Hidden Cost of Hot Water
If you have a standard electric storage heater, then one minute of showering requires the same amount of energy as using the TV for 4 hours.
With hot water responsible for over 25% of your electricity bill, cutting your shower use by 2 minutes per person per day will save you hundreds of dollars.
Research has not built a consensus whether it is men or women that spend longer in the shower, although day-dreaming and general skin-care regimes are the most common contributors to extended showering.
Leaking Pipes Cause Shock Water Bill
A local homeowner was shocked to receive a water invoice for over $15,000 after finding a puddle of water forming outside his house. A ruling by the regulator stated that the water company had no liability for the leak but should have done more to alert the man.
Regulators have frequently warned that homeowners are liable for any repairs and water charges resulting from a leak on their property.
Adelaide’s No.1 Hot Water and Plumbing Question Answered….
The plumbing specialist’s most frequently asked customer question
Q: What is the most effective way to save money on my water heating bills?
A: The largest gains can be made are from replacing your existing water heater with a new high efficiency unit. Using heat pumps or high efficiency gas/electric models could save over 75% on hot water energy costs.
Low Energy Water Heaters
High Efficiency Gas/Electric: Designed to more effectively use and retain heat than conventional systems, therefore reducing energy use.
Heat Pumps: Similar to your A/C, but warms water rather than air. These are very efficient as they just transfer thermal energy rather than creating it.
Solar Water Heaters: Plates or tubes on your roof use the Sun’s energy to heat your water. Solar water heaters are environmentally friendly and have significant energy savings.
Hot Water problems: Signs and Symptoms
- Hot water intermittent or failing to reach the desired temperature?
- Has your water heater or plumbing started to make odd noises?
- Found water dripping from the valves or piping of your water heater?
- Noticed damp stains or strange smells in your house?
If you notice any of these, then contact Sharpe to inspect your system.
Weekly Technical Secret
Sharpe Plumbing Manger Daniel recommends you check your Pressure Release Valve for blockages every 6 months.
If water flows freely and stops when you close the valve, your system is performing normally.
If your valve drips water or fails to freely open and close, call a licensed plumber immediately. Read more
Always Use a licensed Plumber
Only trust a licensed plumber. Ensure that you get the guarantee of a Certificate of Completion. This is also a necessity for any insurance claims.
Measures the gas pressure (or drop in pressure), tests for leaks & flow in gas equipment, lines and connections.
Select a worry free Plumbing and Hot Water Inspection: $187
A Sharpe Plumber will ensure your plumbing and hot water is ready for winter:-
- 17 Point Check
- Visual, Moisture and Camera Inspections
- Moisture and Pressure Tests
- Indoor and Outside Plumbing
- Water Heater Evaluation
- Written Report provided on completion