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New S.A Ducts are top of the class!

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015

 

New product reduces energy bills and improves climate control efficiency.
Gas Works have recently established a new partnership with South Australian company DUCTAIR

for the supply of quality air conditioning delivery components for their Ducted  Reverse Cycle, Ducted Evaporative and Ducted Gas Heating products.

Ductair’s Energy Smart System has been independently university tested and proven to dramatically improve the air conditioning efficiency. The Energy Smart system can almost double the capacity of a reverse cycle air conditioning  system, saving up to 45% on annual running costs and substantially reducing greenhouse emissions.  

In addition, Ductair delivery systems carry a 20 year warranty and the ducting insulation is rated R1.5, well above the accepted industry standard of R1.


Mr Chadd Stevenson, Managing Director of Gas Works Modbury, has been installing air-conditioning for over 20 years and is delighted by the prospects of the new partnership. “I’m excited by the opportunity to sell and promote a fellow South Australian success story” he said. “Ductair is an excellent product which fits perfectly with our quality ethos and our commitment to globally recognised SA brands like Breamar and Breezair.  Here we have South Australian businesses working together which is great for SA and most importantly great for our customers”. 

Mr Stevenson also noted “We hope to soon announce a retro-fit program so that people with existing systems in their homes will also be able save on running costs”.

For more details contact your local Gasworks store

Solar panel rebate still kicking

Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Can I get a rebate on my solar panels?

Right now, yes. In the near future, probably not. If you have solar panels on the mind, the time is ripe to get a quote and think about pushing ahead with installation. The government is talking of quashing the Renewal Energy Target (RET) which in turn will mean we can start waving goodbye to any rebates on solar panels.

The government doesn’t actually call this incentive a solar panel rebate, just to be clear. They call it the Small-scale Technology Certificate (STC) Program but it will be gone before the end of the year if the government has their way.

This program was designed to reduce the upfront cost of purchasing and installing solar panels on your home or property. Anyone can claim, on the proviso the system is smaller than 100kW, Australian approved panels and inverters are used and the system is installed by a Clean Energy Council accredited professional, such as Gas Works.

So the message is, if you are interested in installing solar power get into Gas Works today! We will help you determine how much you can save on the price of a solar system.

Don’t forget that when you install solar you don’t just save money on your own power bill. If you don’t use all of the power you can feed it back into the grid and receive a credit on your account. This is called a Feed in Tariff (FiT) and for systems ordered after 30 September 2013 you will receive 7.6c per kilowatt of power exported to the grid. Although with the abolition of the carbon tax this will reduce to 6.0c per kilowatt, it is still a handy bonus for many households though.

Check out our solar panel, kit and inverter options and get in contact with your local Gas Works today and do your bit for the environment while the government is still helping to reduce the cost.

We are Climate Masters of Seeley International specialists

Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2014

We are appointed Climate Masters of Seeley International. It isn’t easy to gain official Climate Masters accreditation and Seeley International have made it so, because they want you to feel confident that you are getting the best service, second to none product choices and quality workmanship. In order to qualify, our compliance against Seeley's rigorous requirements was tested to ensure we are working to industry leading quality standards.

So, for total peace of mind use Gas Works, your accredited Climate Masters of Seeley International to install your six star Braemar ducted heating system this winter or ask about Seeley International’s range of air conditioning and heating options. 

There are other reasons to support Seeley International; 

  • Seeley International are a South Australian company, like Gas Works.
  • Seeley International developed the first six star heating system, Braemar gas ducted heating.
  • Climate Masters of Seeley International are able to offer a seven year warranty on both the product and installation.

You can be sure you will have a buying experience that is enjoyable, a product that is efficient and it is all backed by a seven year warranty. Not to mention you are supporting local business. What are you waiting for? Visit your local Gas Works, appointed Climate Masters of Seeley International today, and ask for a quote.

Ducted Gas Heating, what you need to know! [VIDEO]

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013

Have you been looking into Ducted Gas Heating but were never quite sure if it was the right choice for you? Let Better Living with Gas Works show you how a Ducted Gas Heating system can heat your home more efficiently and reduce your energy bills during the high usage winter months.

Ducted gas heating video transcript

Hi and welcome to better living with Gasworks. I don't know about you but I hate being cold. I know that you can always put on another jumper and wrap yourself up but nothing beats a nice warm home in winter. With natural gas there's a number of options. There are those beautiful gas log fires that look so warm and inviting. Then are space heaters and wall furnaces but for my money a whole of home solution is the way to go and that is exactly what you get with ducted gas heating.

Now a ducted system needn't cost a fortune to run. Breamar from Seeley International an Australian company have created the world's first 6 star ducted gas heater.

Natural gas is clean burning so you don't get stuffy air that you get from reverse cycle heating. Natural gas heating also is more economical to run no matter how cold it gets. Research shows that natural gas produces just one third of the emissions of that of black coal generated electricity.

And when it gets really cold outside, reverse cycle systems lose efficiency, while Braemar ducted gas systems keep your home as warm as you want it -- no matter how cold it gets outdoors! Add to this that you can zone the system so you are only heating the rooms you need to heat and at the temperature you want.

There a number of systems you can buy and these range from 3 to 6 star systems. These units are mainly installed in the roof. The units can broken down into sections so they can easily fit through the return air opening as we see here and then re assembled in the roof space. Some people do have concerns about having a gas unit in the roof space but these concerns are unfounded as the system is very safe.

Now as I mentioned Breamar have produced a 6 star system. While these 6 star unit cost more initially, the running efficiency is such that they will pay for themselves over a period of time. The 6 star system runs around $370 a year cheaper than a 3 star system and produces 1.4 tonnes less of CO2 per year. To put that into perspective that is the same of taking a small car of the road. So not only will you be toastie warm but you're being kind to the environment.

One of the best things you can do is take the time to speak with the home climate solutions experts at your local Gasworks Showroom.

With years of experience in sales and installation, they know exactly what type of system will work better for you and is best suited to your needs and budget.

Or you can jump onto the Gasworks website where you'll find loads of great information.

I'm Karen Prater for Better Living with gasworks.

7 Questions to ask before buying a new air conditioner

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

questions to ask before buying a new air conditioner

So you’re thinking about buying a new air conditioner but you’re a bit behind the eight ball when it comes to home appliances and technology. Not to worry. We’ve put together a few questions you need to ask yourself to give you a better understanding of what you need. The answers will also give your air conditioning retailer a better understanding of what will work for you and your budget.

 

1. Do we really need a new air conditioner?

Purchasing and having a new air conditioner installed will be quite a large expense. It pays to make sure that you really do need a new air con. Before making the decision it pays to have a professional to take a look. Their diagnosis may mean that you only need certain parts to be replaced or a basic service. Make sure you use a reputable professional as there are some out there that could take you for a ride. If possible ask family and friends for any recomendations.

 

2. How old is our air conditioner & how much is it costing us to run?

If your air conditioner is pushing 10 to 15 years old then it is definitely time to look at a new cooling solution. Overtime normal wear and tear will occur and at a more substantial rate if no servicing or maintenance is done. Older systems will also use a lot more power compared to their modern counterparts as the technology used has become much more efficient. If your energy bills during summer are being pushed through the sky because of your old air conditioner it is definitely time to think about upgrading.

 

3. What type of air conditioner do we need?

Not all types of air conditioners are created equal when it comes to cooling your home efficiently in any climate. All have their pros and cons for particular areas and climates. For example, evaporative air conditioners work better in the dryer areas of central and southern Australia but are very ineffective when it comes to trying to cool a home in the tropical north of Australia, click here for a detailed look. For more information on the types of air conditioners available click here.

 

4. What size air conditioner do we need?

The majority of air conditioners will come in varying sizes to accommodate for different living areas. You will need to decide what area you are looking to cool. One room, small or large? An open living area? The whole home? Knowing this beforehand will help you and your retailer to find the best unit based on power, efficiency and cooling area/capacity. Having floor plans available can make this process a lot easier when calculating the size of the room compared to an air conditioners output.

 

5. What features do we require?

New features are built into air conditioners with every new model but more often than not you will only use a few of these. The main things you need to question are what are the features we want and need to look out for when shopping around. Some to think about are:

Remote system control - being able to control your comfort level while watching TV is a great thing. No need to get up and walk to the other end of the house just to change the temperature level. These days remotes should be standard but if they are not they shouldn’t be too much of an extra cost.

Air conditioning zones - being able to shut off air flow to rooms that aren’t being used will provide big costs savings overtime. Your system also won’t have to work as hard as it would pumping air to all rooms.

Motion sensors - this feature is great for automatic cooling. Sensors will pick up when you enter the room, notice the temperature rise and cool the room accordingly. This feature is normally connected with reverse cycle systems.

System check lights - are a great addition as they will help you to notice when the system or a component might not be working properly. This will also help keep up with the maintenance required to help your system last as long and work efficiently as possible.

 

6. What is our budget in terms of running cost?

Running costs will vary between air conditioners based on their energy requirement and overall efficiency. You also need to take into account how long you run the system for. By gauging how much you use it per day (hours) you can calculate a basic running cost guide against the Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria’s hourly cost results. If you can figure out a basic usage estimate in hours against your budget you will have a per hour running cost figure that will help you choose the most affordable system by power usage.

The star energy rating labels will help by giving this power usage figure (per hour) to make your decisions as easy as possible.

 

7. Who should I buy from?

There are tens of hundreds of retailers out there that can sell you an air conditioner. But can they sell you the RIGHT air conditioner for your needs? Are they just retailers? Will I have to deal with another company to actually install my air conditioner? More often than not your large retailers won’t be worrying to much about your purchase once it has gone through. They might point you in the direction of an air conditioning installation business but who wants to deal with two different companies when there are businesses out there that are experts in both.

Gas Works are Adelaide’s air conditioning experts that will make sure you have the right system to suit your needs and budget. PLUS making sure it is properly installed and working efficiently. We pride ourselves on being the ONLY business you need to deal with, when making such a substantial purpose. We are here to help you every step of the way.

Be sure to contact your nearest Gas Works air conditioning specialist if you have any questions. We are more than happy to help! 

 

 

 Article by Nathan Hockley

12 Cool tips: how to reduce energy bills this summer

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Every summer that rolls around seems to be hotter than the last. How many times have you heard “This summer is meant to be a scorcher!” and more often than not they are correct. As our summers get hotter our energy usage also increases to cool our home and keep our families as comfortable as possible. But unfortunately increasing energy use also increases costs, which can have a major impact on a family’s ability to save or pay for other necessities. So today we want to answer the question on how to reduce energy bills this summer.

One way to cut costs is to increase your air conditioner’s setpoint temperature by 1°C. The setpoint temperature is set to let your air conditioner know what temperature is needed to be comfortable, if the temperature goes above or below that setpoint your air con goes to work to bring it back to the comfortable temperature you set. So by increasing the setpoint by 1°C in summer means your air conditioner has to do less work to get to the set comfortable temperature, which in turn equates to 10% less energy use and a saving of 200 kilos carbon pollution. All that from just 1 degree! Below is 11 more tips to help you reduce your energy bills this summer.

Cool tips on how to reduce energy bills this summer:

1. Make sure your thermostats and timers are set to when you are normally at home. There is no point leaving your air con on cooling empty rooms.

2. Just because your air con may be out of site, doesn’t mean it should be out of mind. It needs to be inspected regularly as normal wear and tear may be occurring and making your system run inefficiently.

3. Don’t forget to also inspect your air filters and replace if need be. If they become clogged your air con has to work harder to move air through the system, which will use a lot more energy.

4. Insulation is a great way to keep the cool air from escaping while also reflecting the hot outside are away. Make sure to check both roof and wall insulation has been installed properly.

5. If possible, have your thermostats installed away from heat sources (kitchen, windows, direct sunlight etc) as these can trigger your system telling it that the area is too hot when it actually isn’t.

6. Don’t cool rooms that are never used. Do you have spare or storage rooms that rarely get used? Their doors should also be closed so as to not lose cool air into rooms that aren’t being used.

7. On the other hand you need to keep doors open of rooms that are being cooled. This helps to circulate the air back to your air intake. If the intake is receiving cooler air then it doesn’t have to work as hard saving on energy use.

8. Utilising ceiling fans can dramatically reduce your energy consumption as they help to move cool air around your home. They are also beneficial overnight if a fan is cool enough it means you don’t have to turn the air conditioner on.

9. Blinds and curtains are great ways to keep solar generated heat from entering your home. When you are out during the day it is best to keep them closed so minimal heat enters your home while the air conditioner isn’t running.

10. Do you leave lights or computers on? You should get in the habit of turning them off when not being used as they not only use energy but they are also heat sources. By reducing heat sources you’re reducing the amount of work your air con needs to put in to get your house to the specified temp.

11. Try to avoid cooking meals that need a lot of power and heat over an extended period of time. If you can, cook meals on your BBQ outside as much as possible or cook quick meals inside that only need to use heat for a short period of time.

By applying just a couple of these energy reducing tips during summer you will see decreases in energy use and your power bills. The more that you can apply, the more substantial savings you’ll see. The extra money saved can go a long way to saving for that long awaited holiday or to ease the pressure of other bills.

Have any of your own cool tips on how to reduce energy bills this summer? Let us know in the comments below. Or find out how much it costs to run different types of air conditioning units here.

 

 

Article by Nathan Hockley

Types of Air Conditioning & Running Costs

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012

There are many types of air conditioning and their suitability will be determined by your needs and climate. As the technology behind each system varies air conditioning running costs will also vary and you might be surprised how much energy some use to cool your home. Here we will examine the most popular types of home air conditioning and their associated running costs.

Types of Air Conditioning

Fans

Although not a complete solution for cooling your whole home, fans do play a major part in keeping families cool. Their portability makes them a great choice for added cooling or air movement in certain spaces. Although not very portable ceiling fans fall into this category also and due to their blade sizes are able to cool and push air around substantial areas.

Evaporative Cooling

Evaporative coolers work by drawing warm air from outside through its wet filter pads. Water from the pads evaporates as the warm are moves through, thus cooling and humidifying it. The cool air is then circulated throughout the home. For the most efficient and effective use, your windows and doors should be kept open to get rid of moist air.

Refrigerated Cooling

Refrigerated air cons use indoor and outdoor units that transfer warm room air, moisture out of the room to produce cool air. The system works by warm room air being drawn over the indoor unit’s coil that extracts the heat through absorption by the refrigerant within the coil, which is then moved to the coil within the outdoor unit and expelled into the air outside. While this process occurs any water within the room air condenses on the cold indoor unit coil, which is then drained away. The air that is then blown back into the room is cooler, less humid and usually filtered.

Air Conditioning Running Costs

Fans

For portable and ceiling fans you’re looking at an operating cost of around 1c to 1.5c per-hour. As you can see they are quite cheap to run but their overall cooling power and range is limited when compared to other air con solutions.

Evaporative Cooling

Operating costs for evaporative units will vary depending on their overall size and portability. Portable systems have costs ranging from 2.5c to 5c per-hour whereas whole home evaporative systems (ducted) will have operating costs of 11c to 16c per hour. One thing to note is that although the per-hour operating cost is quite low, evaporative units may need to be kept on for longer than their refrigerated counterparts to reach the same level of cooling.

Refrigerated Cooling

Refrigerated cooling’s operating costs will also vary depending on the size and role being performed. There are single room units, whole home units and ducted units with zoning (able to shut off particular areas), there associated running costs per-hour are:

  1. Single room units – 27c to 38c
  2. Whole home units – 63c to 91c
  3. Ducted and zoned units – 36c to 54c

Zoned units are considered to be a lot more efficient as they allow you to restrict cooling to particular rooms that you are using. This means no energy is wasted and results in less energy use and costs.

For more information on types of air conditioning and running costs take a look at the Choosing a Cooling System PDF from Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria.

 

 

Article by Nathan Hockley

Energy Rating Labels - What they mean for you

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012

What is the energy rating label scheme?

The Energy Rating Label scheme was set up to be a compulsory scheme for a range of appliances to show their star rating in terms of efficiency and other information in regards to their energy consumption. This scheme is compulsory for such appliances as fridges & freezers, clothes washers & dryers, dish washers, air cons and TVs.

What the energy rating label tells us?

The energy rating label being displayed with the appliance has been a great initiative as it allows consumers to easily compare different models of particular appliances easily. You’re not just going on the word of the salesman, you have the power to choose based on information that is right in front of you! Even though any Gas Works specialist will help you choose the right appliance for your needs, other showrooms may not so you need to know as much as you can.

The main features of an energy rating label are the stars and energy consumption numbers. The stars are a quick indicator of the appliance’s level of efficiency. The more stars, the more efficient the appliance is compared to similar models. Most energy rating labels a rating out of 6 stars but fridges and air conditioning labels will have a rating out of 10 stars.

QUICK TIP: It is estimated that an increase in one star means energy savings of 10 to 30% depending on the appliances being compared.

Energy consumption numbers give you an indication as to the projected (based on typical usage tests) annual energy usage for the appliance, and usually in kWh; kilowatt-hours per year. Air conditioners are measured a little differently. Their energy consumption numbers are based on the estimated amount of energy used each hour separately for cooling and heating (if reverse cycle). The example image shown above is the energy rating label for air conditioning system.

PLEASE NOTE: It is harder to compare gas and electric models of the same appliance as the labels display different types of energy used (Gas uses MJ or Megajoules, Electric uses Kw or Kilowatts).

Compare appliance energy ratings online

If you want a quick and efficient way to compare appliance energy ratings for appliance in the Gas Works range, in the comfort of your home then look no further! E3 (Equipment Energy Efficiency) has put together a comparison system that allows you to review and compare the full range of models, including detailed specifications. Visit energyrating.gov.au for more info.

Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with your nearest Gas Works home appliance specialists.

 

Article by Nathan Hockley

Solar Hot Water Rebates

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012

As of February 28, 2012 the Federal Government announced the end of Solar Hot Water Rebates and Heat Pump Rebates. Systems installed prior to February 28, 2012 were eligable for the rebate if applications are received before June 30, 2012.

To see if there are currently any Hot Water Rebates in South Australia visit http://www.hotwaterrebate.com.au/p/sa-rebate-overview 

South Australian Solar Hot Water Rebate

The South Australian State Government introduced a rebate for solar hot water systems to comply with new water heater standards as of July 1, 2008. These standards were introduced to increase the usage of high efficiency systems such as gas, heat pump and solar water heaters.

A rebate of $500 is available for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligible applicants are home owners that install a complying water heater for their principal residence. While holding at least one of the following concession cards at the time of installation:

Centrelink Health Care Card Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card DVA Gold Card (Totally & Permanently Incapacitated) DVA Gold Card (War Widow) DVA (Extreme Disablement Adjustment)


Other State Rebates Available

QLD: $600 ($1000 for low income earners)

VIC: Between $300 & $1600 (multiple rebates)

WA: $500 (Gas Boosted Solar) - $700 (LPG Boosted Solar)

NSW: Not Available

ACT: Not Available

TAS: Not Available

NT: Not Available

Click here for more information on other state based rebates.

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