The rising costs of electricity are enough to make any one shudder. Approximately 40% of your domestic electricity bill is for water heating, in other words your geyser. Gas geysers are now a more viable option for heating water in your home and the most effective and cost efficient water heating method. With load shedding, power cuts and the cost of electricity going up, you can get ahead of these issues but switching to a gas geyser.
Depending on their size the electric geyser requires about an hour to 2 hours to heat up and need constant power to stay hot if you use hot water throughout the day. Gas geysers on the other hand only use energy when the tap is open; it heats water instantaneously and provides consistent hot water. Once the tap is closed the igniter extinguishes and the use of energy is terminated.
Installed correctly a gas geyser is safe to use provided it is installed by a certified installer who complies with the rules and regulations set by the Gas Associations. “All gas installations must have a Certificate of Conformity according to the Pressure Equipment Regulations that have been promulgated under the Occupation Health and Safety Act (No 85 of 1993)”. Whitelaw Plumbing and Gas are members of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa and are specialists in installing, repairing and maintaining gas geysers.
Advantages of installing a gas geyser
- Gas geyser repairs and installation are easier and cheaper that an electric geyser
- No electricity is required to run a gas geyser; therefore you will always have hot water in the event of power outages and load shedding.
- The rate of heating is easily controlled.
- A large amount of heat energy is saved if you use the water instantly as heating is steady and conserves power.
- If you have natural gas pipelines in your area you can take advantage of that or they can be connected to household LPG cylinders.
- They are suitable for both the smaller and larger family.
If you are considering installing a gas geyser make sure that you obtain a valid certificate or else your home owner’s insurance policy becomes invalid. It is a certificate that states that the installation has been properly inspected and is determined to be safe and leak free. The certificate must be issued by an authorised person or company who is registered with the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGAS). If the home owner wishes to sell their property this certificate is required to transfer to the purchaser.