Need a new gas or electric hot water system, but not sure which to choose? Level Plumbing Canberra can help you decide the best option for your needs.

Let’s start.

What Is a Gas Storage Hot Water System?

a tank type gas water heater

If you have natural gas available in your area, then a gas storage hot water system is a great choice for you. Gas produces less CO2 than an electric system and usually requires a smaller storage tank.

Gas is also energy efficient. While you may pay a little more upfront, its long-term benefits outweigh the cost, making it a much more cost-effective solution.

Another advantage is that the water is heated twice as fast compared to when you use an electric system. So, when you run out of hot water, you will have it available again faster.

But what if you do not have natural gas?

You can then use LPG instead. But keep in mind that it may end up costing you more than a standard connection or an electric system. Not to mention, you have to check it regularly to see if you still have gas or if you have run out already.

What Is an Electric Storage Hot Water System?

When you purchase an electric hot water system you need to decide based on your electricity provider’s tariff.

With a continuous or day rate supply, your water is heated 24/7, which reduces the chances of you running out of hot water. Should it happen, it will heat another tank worth in a reasonable time.

Apart from this advantage, you also can have a smaller tank if you choose this option, as the water will be continuously heated. You can also opt for off-peak or night rates alternatively, which saves you money as the water is being heated at night only, which is a cheaper tariff. You will need to ensure that you have a large enough tank to meet your household demands for this system, though, as the water is not being heated continuously. 

You can also choose to invest in an energy efficient hot water heat pump. These systems are up to 80% more efficient than a traditional electric storage system. The ACT government is also offering incentives in the form of rebates for pensioners and also zero interest financing for these hot water heat pumps.

What Is a Gas Continuous Flow Hot Water System?

Gas Continuous Flow Hot Water System is an ideal water system for a wide range of residential spaces—whether it is an apartment or a large home. Such a type of system heats water instantaneously and provides hot water 24/7. It has a good energy rating, too, as they are only heating the water as it is needed rather than keeping it hot in a storage tank.

The only downside is that the unit’s purchase price is higher than other water systems. It also requires a power point for ignition, which could add to the installation cost if you do not have external power available.


There is no right or wrong hot water system, just ones that are better suited to your unique needs than others. If you have any questions about which one you should choose, our team here at Level Plumbing Canberra are more than happy to talk and answer your questions.

Call now at (02) 6188 6088.