Eco-friendly water heaters

THE Federal Government has committed to work with State and Territory governments to phase out greenhouse intensive electric water heaters after 2012.

What this means for homeowners is if their electric hot water heater breaks down after 2012 they will have to install an environmentally friendly solar or heat pump hot water heater and there are plenty of things to consider when making this switch.

A large proportion of homeowners are unaware of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and the role they play in the purchase and installation of an environmental water heater, according to Eco Smart Hot Water.

EcoSmart Coffs Coast business operator Steven Vaughan says that he receives many phone calls from confused homeowners who are unaware of the existence of RECs and do not understand how it relates to environmental water heaters.

“With all the different rebates and environmental incentives from the government, it is very easy for consumers to be confused and inundated. However, it is vital they understand the importance of the RECs system when they consider their environmental water heater purchase,” Mr Vaughan said.

“RECs play an important role in comparing the efficiency of different water heaters. The amount of energy an environmental water heater saves, will determine how many certificates are assigned to the system. Depending on the system chosen, this will have different effects on the homeowner’s energy consumption, and the amount of money awarded back to the homeowner.”

RECs are separate to rebates and are monitored by the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator. The Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) is a statutory authority established to oversee the implementation of the Australian Government’s Renewable Energy Target.

Based on the energy savings of a system, ORER assigns a Renewable Energy Certificate. For more information on rebates visit and for information on environmental water heaters please visit or call 133 326.

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