Power Bill Hikes Again! Here’s Five Easy Hacks to Slash Your Water Heating Bills TODAY

As electricity prices continue to rise, finding ways to cut down on household expenses becomes increasingly essential. For Brisbane residents, a significant portion of energy consumption often comes from water heating contributing to hefty utility bills each month. However, with a few easy adjustments you can take control of your water heating costs and reduce your environmental impact. Let’s explore five easy ideas you can implement today to lower your power bill.

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1. Optimal Temperature Settings

Did you know that lowering your hot water temperature, even by a degree or two, can lead to significant energy savings? Hot water units are designed to operate at an optimal setting, for comfort, safety, and energy efficiency, around 65°C. Whilst it’s essential to consider individual preferences and household needs, it’s worth checking your unit’s setting, drop it if you can and the savings will add up.

2. Harness Solar Power

If you are in the market for a new hot water unit, it might be the right time to consider a solar-powered one. Brisbane’s abundant sunshine presents a golden opportunity to harness solar energy for water heating. Don’t jump into it though. It is important that the unit’s size is suitable for your needs and placement is key so make sure it is properly installed and maintained.

Investing in a solar water heater can significantly reduce your reliance on traditional energy sources, translating into long-term savings on your electricity bills. Remember if solar energy just isn’t your thing, installing a heat pump provides an excellent return on investment – and your savings will only increase as power prices go up in the years to come. Talk to your local Brisbane hot water specialist about which hot water system represents best running cost efficiencies for you.

3. Maintenance and Inspections

If your current hot water unit isn’t yet ready for an upgrade, seriously consider scheduling regular maintenance. A service will give your hot water system a thorough once over, ensuring all components are functioning correctly, any potential leaks or faulty valves are addressed, and any necessary adjustments are made.

When you have a leak, you’re not only wasting water, you’re wasting power on heating water – these added costs can sneak up and surprise you on your next utility bill. Additionally, when left unkept, these units can and have been known to cause significant water damage if they spring a leak! Don’t risk it.

4. Reduce Water Waste

We always hear about how much water Australians waste. ‘Don’t be a wally with water’ was certainly one of those slogans that has resonated with many of us. Cutting down on water-related waste is not only environmentally friendly but also economical, and very easily done! Limit your hot shower to five minutes or less and swap to a water-efficient showerhead. It will save you in water usage and water heating costs. Who’d have thought?

Take a tour of your home – inside and out – and inspect your taps for leaks. Take a look at your toilet bowl, can you seen a water ‘run’ at the back of the bowl? Don’t forget your laundry taps and showerheads. You would be shocked at how quickly a leaking hot tap can add to your water AND energy bill and the potential for property damage. Your local Brisbane plumber can easily help you fix any leaking taps.

5. Ask Yourself “When is Off Peak Electricity?” for a Lower Power Bill

One of the best-kept secrets going around that you absolutely MUST learn about is Brisbane’s off-peak electricity period. Yes! Electricity is cheaper at different times of the day.

Off-peak electricity refers to periods during which electricity demand is typically lower, leading to reduced rates. Designed to incentivise energy usage during off-peak hours and therefore helping to ease the strain on the electricity grid, energy providers offer a range of tariff plans that are well worth looking into. For example, tariff 31 operates between 10 pm and 6 am whilst tariff 33 operates 18 hours a day at Energex’s discretion. If you can switch to a more suitable tariff, this could be your opportunity to use a timer device to schedule your washing machine or to have your hot water unit run.

Tapping into off-peak electricity and implementing a range of very simple yet effective strategies can help to significantly reduce your electricity bills. Why not give them a go? You’ve got nothing to lose and an opportunity to enjoy a lower power bill next quarter.

Talk to Salmon Plumbing about the most efficient ways to heat your water.

Hot Water Systems for Brisbane Residents

Even in a warmer climate like Brisbane, no hot water is a big deal.

Ever woken up to no hot water? There’s nothing worse than starting your day with a cold shower and then having to organise hot water system repairs, or the cost of a new system. But, at least we make it easier. How?

24/7 Emergency Plumbers

We’re your go-to 24/7 Emergency Plumbers Brisbane. We can service, repair or replace your hot water unit, and we offer a 24/7 emergency service.

In most cases, we can install a new hot water service on the day you call. In an emergency, we will even provide a temporary system to cover you until we install your permanent unit.

We’re based in Northgate on Brisbane’s north side but our plumbers work across all areas, all day, and night.

Hot Water Replacement

Hot water systems come in many types, capacities, and models, each with their individual strengths, so it’s important to consider your situation before making a choice. Call us now and we will walk you through your options, and give you the right information and advice. We’re Brisbane’s leading plumbing brand for heat pump hot water installation and we’re a Rheem Certified installer. We’ve won awards for our service and integrity, so you know that you’re getting the right system for your needs.

Professional Plumbing Services

We believe in the work. We believe in upskilling our plumbers to provide the highest quality workmanship. When you book a Salmon plumber you’re not paying extra for all the franchise fees, and you’re not getting the wrong product because that’s the only one the local guy knows how to install. You’re getting the right mix of complete professionalism, with the resources to provide you with the right solution for your needs. It matters.

Hot Water System Specialists

Salmon Plumbing offer gas, solar, electric and heat pump hot water systems.

We provide repair and replacement or upgrade services in the areas of:

  • instant hot water
  • solar hot water
  • heat pump hot water
  • continuous flow hot water
  • circulated hot water
  • hot water pumps
  • single sink hot water
  • gas storage hot water
  • hot water boosters
  • tempered hot water
  • electric instant hot water
  • electric storage hot water

Gas Hot Water

Gas hot water units tend to have lower running costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Also, gas costs the same all day compared to electricity and the “off peak” times.

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There are two main varieties of gas hot water unit.

  • Continuous flow units heat the water as it is required (also known as instantaneous, or tankless).
  • Storage units store hot water until it is needed for use.

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For both units, you can choose natural gas or LP bottled Gas depending on what’s available in your area.

Contact us if you’d like to discuss your water heating needs.

Solar Hot Water

Solar hot water units utilise radiant solar energy, to heat and store hot water for you home. There are two basic varieties – roof mounted where tank and panels are both on the roof, or low line where the tank is on the ground and the panels are on the roof.

There’s a few types of solar system – solar panels, evacuated tubes, gas boosters, electric booster.

Salmon Plumbing are a Rheem Solar Specialist, and can advise you on your best options, and costs.

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Contact us to discuss your solar hot water needs.

Electric Hot Water

Electric hot water units are the most common form of hot water unit found around Brisbane. They are typically connected to main powers, and use a resistance element to heat the water.  Electric hot water units come in a range of sizes from 25 to 400L, they can be connected to standard and off peak tariffs, and also utilise power from rooftop solar PV (photovoltaic) panels . 

Electric hot water units are most often the most economical solution, and when paired with the correct energy source, can provide cheap and efficient hot water heating.

Contact us if you’d like to discuss your water heating needs.

Rheem Stellar Electric water heater

Heat Pump Hot Water

Heat pump water units work like a refrigerator in reverse, absorbing heat from the air and vaporising the refrigerant which is then compressed.  The hot water runs through a network of pipes, and is then stored for your use.

The latest model heat pumps can save you up to 80% of your heating costs, and can be a great option depending on your needs.

Rheem Ambiheat hot water

Call us today to discuss your hot water options.

Why Salmon Plumbing is Brisbane’s Most Reliable Commercial Plumber!

Looking for a reliable commercial plumber in Brisbane? We’ve been offering a range of plumbing services for commercial and industrial enterprises across the Brisbane area, since 1991. We install and maintain commercial plumbing solutions from well-known companies that have a proven track record and have built a good reputation in the commercial sector.

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Fully Insured Commercial Work by a Licenced Brisbane Plumber

Not only will we turn up on time when you need us, you can trust that as proud members of the Master Plumbers Association of Queensland the work performed by Salmon Plumbing is completed to the highest standard and will be fully compliant. QBCC contractor licenced, Salmon Plumbing is fully insured and stands by the quality of our work with a 7 year workmanship warranty.

Trusted Commercial Plumber that Understands Brisbane Business

Salmon Plumbing understands business. We know that plumbing problems in the commercial sector are not simply an inconvenience – they can stop a business in its tracks. We provide emergency plumbing services 24/7, 365 days a year and will be there when you call. You can rely on us to turn up fast and get the job done in a timely fashion, with the minimum of inconvenience to your business.

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Commercial and Industrial enterprises often generate waste as a by-product of their manufacturing process. This includes chemicals, metals, detergent, grease and oil, and food scraps. This waste has to be adequately treated before it can be discharged into the sewerage system.

Salmon Plumbing offers a range of quality trade waste solutions to restaurants, hospitals and medical centres, chemical manufacturers and metal finishers from established trade waste product manufacturers like Fox, Everhard and Gerberit.

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Rainwater systems are very popular in Australia, and are a great commercial investment.  They are good for the environment and good for you. In areas with good rainfall, the savings on the water bill can be very significant. We install three different kinds of water tanks – plastic, stainless steel and the Eco Sac.

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Salmon Plumbing offers complete solutions in commercial hot water for schools, nursing homes, apartment complexes and retirement villages. We offer a variety of options such as gas, solar, electric and heat pump hot water.

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Pumps are used in several plumbing solutions such as rainwater systems, solar hot water, and trade waste management to divert the flow of water. Salmon Plumbing is the licenced installer for several quality brands of water pumps.

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Salmon Plumbing, the Commercial Plumber Brisbane Trusts.

So whether you need a new hot water unit for your business, need to upgrade your shower facilites at your gym, or are looking for a comprehensive solution for your restaurant – we can help. 

Get in Touch today!

3 Signs Your Hot Water System May Be Dying

Water leaking from the base of unit can be a sign of dying hot water systems

When we invest in hot water systems, we expect them to provide reliable service for years to come, especially considering the price we pay. It’s a lasting companion rather than a mere appliance. Understanding the signs of decline becomes essential. We anticipate reliability with such an investment so when issues arise with the system, it’s not only frustrating and inconvenient – it may require very expensive repairs. Due to their complexities, and the sheer variety of hot water systems on the market, there can be any number of issues that can arise.

These three common signs are ones we recommend you look out for.

1. Reduced hot water supply

A sudden reduction in your hot water supply can be an early indication of underlying issues with the system. From hot water running out quicker than usual, to your tank not producing the volume it used to, these issues can suggest that the system’s heating element isn’t functioning as it should. Over time, mineral deposits can settle in the tank and impact the efficiency of the heating element. If picked up early through regular maintenance, flushing the tank can reduce/remove sediment build-up, prolonging the lifespan of your hot water system.

2. Leaks or corrosion

Leaks or corrosion around the base of your hot water system (or even closer to the fittings) can signify a range of potential issues. Rusty or discoloured water, regular drips, and even strange noises can be due to a failure of any one of the tank’s components. Whether it be a valve or a seal, you’ll not only be dealing with significant water wastage over time and potential damage to surrounding areas but also corrosion to the tank structure increasing the risk of damage.

Rusty water coming from your hot tap can be a sign of dying hot water systems

3. Sudden and unexpected hot water system failure

Unfortunately, sometimes a hot water tank can fail suddenly and unexpectedly without any warning. This often occurs in older systems or those with significant internal wear and tear that’s either gone unnoticed or has been overlooked. To mitigate the risk of sudden failure, keep note of your hot water system’s age and consider replacing it proactively if it’s nearing the end of its expected lifespan. Regular maintenance and inspections can go a long way to extending the lifespan of your hot water system by identifying potential issues before they lead to complete failure.

What Next?

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, it’s time to call in the hot water system professionals! Salmon Plumbing can promptly assist with any urgent repairs, and if necessary, install a new hot water system. Our experienced team can help you choose the best system for your household needs and your budget.

TIP! Don’t forget to check your system’s warranty coverage to determine if repairs or replacements are covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. This can potentially save a lot of money.

Once your concerns are cleared up, consider setting up a regular hot water system maintenance plan with a qualified Salmon Plumbing technician to help identify and address issues early, and enjoy an uninterrupted hot water supply just like you expect!

Don’t let hot water system woes leave you cold!
Get in touch with Salmon Plumbing today.

How to Choose the Best Hot Water System In Brisbane

Hot water systems are one of those things in our homes that we take for granted until hot water stops coming out of the taps…… and that’s fair enough. For the most part, hot water systems are hard-wearing, long-lasting and (mostly) hidden from view. But not from your budget. For Brisbane residents, the best hot water system isn’t just about your family’s needs, it’s about our climate – don’t worry we’re the experts hot water plumbers in Brisbane. We’ve got you.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Hot Water Storage System

Major household repairs never come at a good time, and a failing hot water storage system in the colder months can be not only inconvenient, but downright uncomfortable as you are forced to race in and out of the shower to avoid getting pneumonia!

Of course, prevention is always better than a cure, so what steps can you take ahead of time as a homeowner or landlord to extend the life of your hot water storage system? Well, it turns out, like most things you rely on, your hot water system requires maintenance. Some hot water system maintenance you can do yourself, but every five years, you must call in your favourite Brisbane Plumber for a full service.

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Hot Water Tank Valve Replacement and How it Saves You Water and Energy

When your hot water system was first installed, your plumber will have left you with a system manual, a warranty, and a recommendation to arrange routine hot water servicing which includes replacing the tempering valves every five years.

But if that was a while ago, your memories are probably a little hazy – so if you haven’t been thinking about your hot water valves since then, we don’t blame you! It seems like such a small thing – what difference could it really make?

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Apply Now for Queensland Government Hot Water Rebates

Queensland households are now eligible for big rebates on solar and heat pump hot water.

With Only 1500 Rebates Available Across Queensland You Must Apply NOW

UPDATED: The clock is ticking on locking in your energy-efficient appliance rebate. Appliances must be purchased AND installed by 4 December 2023 and applications lodged within 30 days.

The Queensland Government Climate Smart Energy Savers Scheme is coming to an end soon.  Successful applicants will receive up to a thousand dollars back on energy-efficient solar and heat pump hot water system installations.  This is in addition to federal government SSTC rebates and manufacturer cash-back offers. It all adds up to a never-to-be-seen-again deal on solar and heat pump hot water!

Just 1500 Queensland Government rebates will be granted for hot water systems. 

These will “sell out” quickly.

Salmon Plumbing has all the details right here on how to get your rebate.

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Don’t Ignore Your Hot Water System Anode Service – Here’s Why

Your hot water system anode is an essential part of your hot water storage unit, so you need to take care of it. It is one part of the system that often goes unnoticed and if neglected can lead to significant costs down the line. As such, it’s essential to replace it at least every five years. Here’s what you need to know about this mysterious part.

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How to Apply for Heat Pump Rebates in Queensland

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider applying for hot water government rebates when you purchase and install a heat pump. Whether your goal is to receive significant financial savings via a partial refund or discount or to align yourselves more closely to the environmental benefits and cost-effective heating solutions that heat pumps provide, here is your essential guide to applying for your hot water rebate.

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