Last Updated Nov 17, 2016 · Written by Rob Schneider
In an effort to reduce our greenhouse emissions, there are now government regulations in place limiting the use of electric hot water systems in areas where natural gas lines are available. The Australian government and environmental leaders are also encouraging the use of LPG gas wherever natural gas is not available. Gas hot water systems are not only cleaner and greener than electrical systems, they are cheaper to run. This guide to gas hot water system prices will take the mystery out of them and help you decide which system is right for you.
There are two types of gas hot water systems - storage and instantaneous:
When choosing between a storage or continuous flow gas hot water system, the cost of the system itself should not be your main consideration, since most of these systems are similarly priced. Instead, you should choose the type that will work most effectively and energy efficiently under your circumstances. As a rule, instantaneous systems work best in small to medium sized households, while having a storage system may be better in a large household where several individuals may be needing hot water at the same time.
In order to encourage users who now have electric hot water systems to switch to gas, State sponsored rebates are available to eligible consumers throughout Australia. These are significant rebates, often between $300 and $700, depending on your circumstances, so check with your gas hot water system supplier and find out about rebates in your area. While you're at it, look into solar hot water systems and gas assisted solar systems. Rebates are available for these as well and over time, you will enjoy enormous savings on your LPG or natural gas bills.