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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

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.

How efficient are gas heaters [VIDEO]

Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sure you would love a Gas Log fire, but you want to know how efficient they are and what works best...

Check out this episode of Gas Works Better Living.

Gas heating is a reliable and efficient way to heat your home.

It is a more affordable energy source, compared to electricity, and it is more environmentally friendly as it produces less carbon. Plus, some gas heaters have close to 6 star efficiency ratings, which means you can be sure you are saving money as well as the environment when heating your home.

There are three types of gas heating you can investigate;

To find the most efficient gas heating solution, compare the input kilowatt rating on each of your options. The energy rating will help you with that, the numbers on the sticker show the energy consumption. 

If you liked this video you might be interested in learning more about ducted gas heating or energy ratings.

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!

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

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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