GAS WORKS donate $30 to the Julian Burton Burns Trust from the sale of selected Bosch Hot Water System

 

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Why is it important to have a temperature controller on your hot water systems.

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Do you know why it’s important to have a temperature controller on your hot water system? Well obviously there’s the comfort aspect … the controller allows you to set the temperature of your shower, and just as importantly, the children's bath temperature, to the right level.  But the most comfortable thing about that is, you’re saving money, because your system only uses as much gas as it needs, to achieve the right water temperature.

Gas Works help raise $121,500 for burns therapy gym

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We were lucky enough to attend the "Splash of Colour" ball held by the Julian Burton Burns Trust on Friday October 17, at which a cheque for $121,500 was presented to The Women's and Children's Hospital. We were thrilled to have been part of such a wonderful and successful fundraiser for the worthy cause of the burns therapy gymnasium. We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers for getting behind the cause and buying a Bosch hot water system. Here is a photograph of the amazing night, you will be able to spot a few of us behind that whopping cheque!

In case you didn't see the previous post about our involvement with the Burns Trust here is a run down; Gas Works have a program set up in which $30 from the sale of any Bosch hot water system is donated to the Julian Burton Burns Trust. This is how we raised a sum of $5,000 to put towards this very wonderful cause. 

Here is another photo of the evening, you might not be able to recognise us in all of our finery (and sans Gas Works polo)!

Always remember to keep your family safe and to be careful around hot water and any other potential causes of burns. If you are looking for temperature controlled hot water, Gas Works can help!

We donated $5000 to the Julian Burton Burns Trust

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Julian Burton Burns Trust is a fabulous organisation raising money to support those recovering with burn injury. They are committed to advancing the prevention of burns injury and improving care and support for victims. Gas Works are long time supporters of the Julian Burton Burns Trust and most recently we have donated $5000 to the organisation. This sum will be put toward the $100,000 they and radio station Mix 102.3 are trying to raise to build a burns therapy gymnasium at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide. The gymnasium project will help aid the rehabilitation of children recovering from burn injury.

For some light entertainment we recommend you watch and listen to the above radio interview Mix 102.3 did with our chairman Adam Roe. You will even get to hear his rendition of our jingle, Gas Works - works better for you! Jodie, Soda and Snowy make for a lively presentation of the $5000 donation we gave.

Gas Works are sure to donate as often as possible and have a program set up in which $30 from the sale of any Bosch hot water system is donated to the Burns Trust. A great reason to buy a hot water system from us, make sure it is a Bosch! We endeavour to keep this prosperous relationship moving forward and look forward to the opening of the burns therapy gymnasium. 

Gas Works - works better for you! 


Gas Works Better Winter Sale

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014

Prepare your home for winter with a visit to your local Gas Works store during our Better Winter Sale. We have a huge range of products to make your home comfortable and cosy as the cold weather sets in. Plus we sell all the right brands at all the best prices.



With a wide range of heating options we will be able to find a heating solution to suit your home, style and budget. If you want to heat your home and create a beautiful show piece then a gas log fire is a great option. We offer a variety of built-in gas log fires with high efficiency. A free standing gas log fire starts from as low as $1,999. Enquire about systems with free flue kits or interest free terms available.

When you install a natural gas heating solution in your home you could be eligible for a $250 rebate for a gas space heating solution or a $750 rebate for ducted gas heating. Gas space heaters start from as low as $1,299 and come in a range of sizes and styles. Ducted gas heating prices start at $2899, which is inclusive of $250 cash back offer from Seeley International and a $750 rebate. The Braemar gas ducted heating solution is super efficient, with a six star energy rating. Gas Works are now a Climate Master of Seeley International so you have peace of mind with a 7 year warranty.

Gas Works specialise in fast hot water installation because we know the pain of having no hot water, especially in the cooler months. We can offer systems for as little as $28 per week, interest free or $799 before installation.

If you are using the winter months to do some home improvements you will be interested in our range of kitchen packages starting from $1,899 with a bonus rangehood. 

Also checkout our specials on;

Check out the catalogue online or in PDF version or visit your local Gas Works store to get your hands on a winter bargain!

Choosing a hot water system

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Water heaters tend to finish their life abruptly and not only are they a sizeable investment initially, they also account for around a quarter of a typical household's energy use. So, it is worth taking the time to think about the solution you would like to move on with when it is time to replace your current hot water system.

If you are looking to replace a hot water system and you have gas, your options are; continuous flow hot water, gas storage or gas boosted solar. If you are looking for a solution that doesn’t require a gas connection your options are; heat pump, electric boosted solar or electric storage.

Hot water systems have a life span of approximately ten years. If you are nearing the ten year mark or building a new home, review your hot water usage before you start to look around for a replacement solution. Below we have detailed what the different systems do, the costs associated, their energy efficiency and environmental impact.

Heat pump hot water system

This is an much more efficient way to heat water than a standard electric storage hot water system. Heat pump systems work similarly to a refrigerator, extracting heat from the atmosphere using a refrigerant gas and a compressor, then storing it until it is required.

Purchase cost: Medium/High
Installation cost: Medium
Ongoing cost: Medium
Energy efficiency: High
Environmental impact: Low/Medium

Gas boosted solar hot water system

Solar hot water systems harness the suns energy to heat water, they are very environmentally friendly but all need a booster for days on low sunlight.

Purchase cost: High
Installation cost: High
Ongoing cost: Low
Energy efficiency: 5 star
Environmental impact: Low

Electric boosted solar hot water system

Solar hot water systems are the cheapest to run but the investment to have them installed is greater, meaning you need to have them for a while to see a return on investment.

Purchase cost: High
Installation cost:High
Ongoing cost: Low/Medium
Energy efficiency: 5 star
Environmental impact: Medium

Continuous flow hot water systems

Continuous flow hot water systems make sense as they only heat water as it is required, meaning you only pay for the hot water you use. 

Purchase cost: Medium
Installation cost: Medium
Running costs: Low/Medium
Energy efficiency: 5 - 7 stars
Environmental impact: Low/Medium

Gas storage hot water system

This system stores hot water ready for use, a 5 star plus rating is the best option in this range. The lower rating units are less upfront cost but much less efficient. 

Purchase cost: Medium
Installation cost: Low
Running costs: Low/Medium
Energy efficiency: 5.5 stars
Environmental impact: Medium

Electric storage hot water system

An element heats the water and it is stored, ready for use in this hot water system.

Purchase cost: Low
Installation cost: Low
Running costs: High
Energy efficiency: 5 star
Environmental impact: High

You can also watch our video about hot water systems here, or pop into your local Gas Works store to find out more about the right hot water solution for you.



Continuous Hot Water Systems [VIDEO]

Posted on Thursday, September 05, 2013

Looking at a new hot water system but not sure what to install? See why a gas continuous hot water system can give you hot water on demand while also saving you money.

Continuous Hot Water System Video Transcript:

Hi and welcome to better living. In this episode we take a look in more detail about Gas continuous flow hot water systems and why there are so popular.

As we mentioned in our previous program with the continuous flow hot water system you only heat the water you need at the time. Unlike the traditional tank system which heats water and then store it in a tank. Now this is generally done overnight but of course as time goes by the water loses temperature and requires re heating thus using more power to maintain its temperature.

Now you would have to think that these continuous flow systems run more economically than the old tank system and they do. Add to this they run on natural gas which means they are cheaper to run and create less green house gas emissions so they are better for the environment too.

Today’s systems come from market leader such as Bosch and Rinnai and are extremely efficient and effective, unlike the old instant hot water systems these are state of the art design and functionality.

One of the best features of these units is the controllers. The controllers have the capability for to determine the temperature that comes out of the tap. Now that is great for those who like their showers hotter or cooler that someone else, but it can also prevent the sensitive skin of children from getting burn from hot water.

You can have more than one controller, say for argument sake what you live in a two story house you could have one downstairs and another upstairs or in multiple bathrooms and that’s what makes these units so versatile.

So let’s sum up. They run on natural gas which leaves less of a carbon footprint, they are more economical than electricity; there is less wasted hot water and now here is the really exciting part. There are generous rebates offered to those who change from electric systems to natural gas systems, so it’s save, save, save and don’t we love that.

Now whether you are replacing an existing unit or building a new home a natural gas continuous flow unit is the go. So drop into a Gasworks Showroom and have a chat with one of the gas specialist staff and see if a gas continuous hot water system would suit you and of course the Gasworks website has a lot of information too. Until next time I’m Karen Prater for Better Living wishing better living.

Want more information on a continuous hot water system to suit your needs? Talk to the hot water specialists at your nearest Gas Works Showroom who will help find what works better for you.

Types of Hot Water Systems & Their Benefits [VIDEO]

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013

Types of Hot Water Systems Video Transcript:

Hi and welcome to better living with Gasworks.

In this episode we take look at one of the most important comfort functions in the home… the hot water system.

Having hot water available on demand is an essential daily requirement for showering, cleaning, washing and bathing. 

And it’s not until we are without it, that we really appreciate the value of a good hot water system.

Unfortunately, when a Hot water system fails, it’s usually without notice and, like so many of life’s inconveniences, at the worst possible time!!

The natural response for many of us is to fix the problem as quickly as possible, which often means simply replacing the unit with the same model or size, by the first plumber who can get there!

But ironically, this little in home disaster is actually a great opportunity to save yourself money and make your more home energy efficient if you take the time to seek expert advice on what type of system to install and whether it is right to suit your needs.

There are many different options to choose from including Electric, Gas or Solar, storage or instantaneous to name a few.

And your decision will depend on a range of factors including your budget, your energy use and the demand needs in your home.  

The traditional electric storage service heats the water, usually overnight, and then stores it ready for later use. With the rising price of electricity, this can be an expensive and inefficient option. 

Solar systems are the cheapest and most environmentally friendly to run as they harness the suns power to heat the water, although they still require an additional electric or gas back-up to take over when there is insufficient sunlight.

A key consideration in choosing Solar is the large up-front costs – although these will generally be recovered over time through reduced energy bills.

A Heat Pump System is another storage type system. Heat Pumps extract heat from the air or ground. They run on electricity and are about three times more efficient than the traditional electric storage system. 

The catch with heat pump is you need the right environment to make them work effectively.

Continuous flow gas systems are very popular and economical to run as they only heat water when it is required. Being continuous, they never run out and have the added advantage of being able to set the temperature of the water to suit the specific need. This is ideal where young children are present as it reduces the risk of burns and it also helps to maintain efficient energy use.

Amongst all of these options is a vast array of models, shapes, sizes, quality, warranty and of course cost.

So which one do you choose? Continuous flow is reliable and convenient, but what if you don’t have gas connected? Solar is a great option, but given the investment required you need to stay in that house for years to make it viable.

One of the best things you can do is take the time to speak with the hot water experts at your local Gasworks Store.

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 Gas Works website where you’ll find loads of great information.

And one last piece of advice that could save you the heartache and inconvenience of being caught unaware.

Take the time to check your current unit.

If it is more than ten years old you might want to do some research now, so when the time comes to replace it, you’ll be fully prepared and know exactly what to do and who to see.

Thanks for watching, until next time, I’m Karen Prater for Better Living with Gasworks.

Which hot water system is right for me?

Posted on Wednesday, March 06, 2013

But which hot water systemis right for me? I hear you ask. There are many things to consider but here are the main key points you need to know and will help you choose the right hot water system for your needs.

“Thar She Blows!” When your hot water system goes you don’t give much consideration to researching your next unit because let’s face it, no one likes cold showers. But more often than not you’ll replace it with the exact same model. Nevertheless, more time should be spent on selecting the right system as it could mean great long term cost savings for your hip pocket and the environment.

Types of Hot Water Systems

The main types of hot water units are storage (tank) and instant (continuous flow). Storage systems will heat water and store it for later use, while instant systems will heat water when it is needed.

Which Fuel Type?

There are three common fuel types used in hot water systems. They are electricity, gas & solar.

Systems powered by electricity that heat water at any time will be very expensive. If you have an electric system, off-peak heating will reduce these costs as tariffs are lower. Due to the high output of emissions the Government is regulating the installation of electric systems.

Natural gas hot water units are great for the environment as they produce much less emissions and cost less to run. Unfortunately gas isn’t available to all homes but it is highly recommended if it is available to you.

Solar powered hot water is very good for your hip pocket and the environment. Units do have a high upfront cost but the main benefit is highly reduced running costs. There are also rebates available that help to reduce initial costs.

Which Hot Water System Size Suits My Household?

1-2 people: Have roof access for solar panels? A gas boosted solar hot water system will suit your needs. If your budget is limited, a gas storage or instant system will be cheaper to install.M

3-4 people: Medium sized homes need larger units, this is where high flow instant and storage gas systems become very beneficial. Although more costly, solar hot water systems are a good choice due to their reduced long term costs.

5+ people: A large system will be needed in this situation, which can incur a high upfront cost. This may make it easier to choose a solar system. In this situation an instant unit will be less economical than a storage system.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

With the new knowledge you have it is time to answer the questions below, this will give you a good understanding when looking at the specifics of different hot water systems.

  1. What is my current system?
  2. How many people reside in the house, how much and when is hot water used?
  3. Is natural gas connected to your house or available to be connected?
  4. How much sunlight does your roof receive in different seasons?
  5. What is your local climate like? Average temperatures in different seasons?
  6. How much are you willing to spend on the hot water system?
  7. Does the house have ample room for different hot water system sizes?

If you are dealing with a consultant, your answers will help them steer you in the right direction.

Need more information? Don’t hesitate to get in contact with a Gas Works Hot Water Specialist by phone or online enquiry. With decades of experience they can help you with which hot water system will work best for you!

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.

Solar Hot Water Brands Stocked

  • Rinnai
  • Rheem
  • Bosch

Solar Hot Water Systems

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012

As we move into a more environmentally conscious future more and more people are looking to eco friendly home appliances that also have beneficial cost savings. Solar Hot Water Systems fit both of those categories and their popularity is showing no signs of slowing as they help to save money on what can be one of the most expensive domestic energy users.

Gas and electric water heaters are considered as one of the biggest users of energy in the home, electric water heaters are especially big energy users being responsible for between 25% and 30% of ghg emissions produced by the average household.

Combat Emissions With a Solar Hot Water System

The energy we use emits damaging greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, which is a major contributor to climate change. By installing a Solar Hot Water System you are helping to combat this serious issue.

By utilising free energy from the sun you can reduce your hot water power consumption between 50% and 90%*. This in turn means up to 90% less gas or electricity needs to be produced, and a family of four will decrease their ghg emissions by 3 to 4 tonnes (equivalent to take a small car off the road), which will mean a huge boost to aid in maintaining our environment well into the future.

Why Solar Hot Water Is For You

The positive impact of installing a Solar Hot Water System is fantastic for the environment but it will also decrease your outgoing costs. The average household can expect savings of around $250 to $300 every year on their energy bills. As energy prices rise in the future with the inclusion of the carbon tax, inflation and demand & supply factors your savings could be even bigger!

Hot Water System rebates are also available throughout many states of Australia. The South Australian Government offers a $500 rebate to those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Talk To a Hot Water Expert from Gas Works

The team at Gas Works are experts in all types of hot water systems so you can be rest assured you’ll be provided with the latest information and products to help you make the right purchasing decision for your needs. Our Solar Hot Water System Specialists will also guide you through the process of applying for available rebates.

Solar Hot Water Brands Stocked

  • Rinnai
  • Rheem
  • Bosch

* Savings of 50% - 90% shown are based on Australian Government approved TRNSYS simulation modelling. Maximum financial savings off your hot water bill are achievable when replacing an electric water heater on continuous tariff.

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