The ultimate guide to hot water systems
Plumbing Installations in Tweed Heads

Choosing the right hot water system for your home can be a tough task. With so many options available, it can be difficult to figure out which one is the best fit for you.

You can save significant money and lower your energy usage by choosing a hot water system that suits your household size and where you live. We have qualified plumbers and gasfitters with the experience to install gas, electric, and solar hot water systems in your home. We can help you choose the right size and type of hot water system for your home.

Let’s look at the differences between each system and how to choose the best one for you.

Gas, electric or solar hot water systems?

Hot water systems in Australia run on gas, electric or solar. When choosing a system, there are three main things to consider: how much hot water you need, your budget, and your running costs. Typically, you’ll need to weigh the pros and cons of each type of system to determine what’s right for you. Systems which cost more to install usually boast lower running costs, while low installation fees can mean higher running costs in the long term.

Why choose a gas hot water system?

Gas hot water is a great option, as it offers a balance between lower installation costs and low running costs. Other benefits of gas hot water include consistent pricing throughout the day, which means no additional fees for peak use, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to electric. If your home is already connected to mains gas, gas can be a great, cost-effective option for heating water.

Why choose an electric hot water system?

Electric hot water systems involve the lowest installation costs out of the three options. Heating off-peak can be more cost-effective and they’re reliable. They are a versatile choice as they can be installed indoors or outdoors. However, electric hot water systems do carry higher running costs when compared to other systems.


Why choose solar hot water?

Solar hot water systems use solar panels to get energy from the sun. The buy and install costs are higher when compared to electric and gas water heating, there are many benefits of solar hot water systems. These include:

  • save energy – up to a 90% reduction in energy consumption
  • reduce bills – the low running costs of solar hot water systems can offset the setup costs over time
  • eco-friendly design

Keep in mind, solar-powered hot water systems can be unreliable on overcast days with low sun exposure, and the installation costs may be prohibitive for some.


Solar hot water is the most advanced hot water heating system available, but as such this means relatively high set-up costs compared to both electric and gas water heating. However, the benefits of solar hot water systems are many, including:

  • Energy consumption can be reduced by up to 90%
  • Very eco-friendly
  • Low running costs, which can slowly cover the costs of installation
  • Certain government incentives can help cover installation costs

However, keep in mind that solar hot water systems can be unreliable on overcast days with low sun exposure, and the installation costs can be prohibitive.

Get in touch

Still unsure which hot water system is the best fit for your home? Contact us today on 1300 881 902 or and we would be happy to help you choose the right hot water system for you.