Chop power costs with heat pumps

Everyone knows that the geyser is the biggest energy-glutton in the house, gobbling up 30 to 50% of the monthly electricity usage all by itself.

But not everyone is convinced that the best alternative is necessarily a solar geyser, says Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group.

“Another option is a heat pump, which can deliver the same heat output as an electrical element for about one-third of the electricity consumption.”

“Heat pumps utilize free energy by extracting heat from the atmosphere and transferring it efficiently to the water in the geyser. They use only a little electricity to power the process and they are designed to operate even in winter and even when it rains.”

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he notes that a regular heat pump will heat 200L of cold water to 60degC in about an hour even if the air temperature is only around 5degC.

“Heat pumps are also easy to install. They are compact and do not rely on direct sunlight for performance, so can be mounted low to the ground and out of sight at the rear of the home.

“What is more, heat pumps can also be used instead of energy-guzzling air conditioners to heat and cool your home very efficiently, and to heat swimming pools and spas.”

And because their main energy source is natural and renewable, Everitt notes, they are also a great way for homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint as well as their electricity bills.

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