In New Zealand, water is usually heated using electric Auckland hot water cylinder. These cylinders heat up the water to a temperature that is determined by setting the thermostat and by using an electric element that is located inside of the insulated tank.
Features Of The Auckland Hot Water Cylinder
- Its upfront costs are fairly low.
- Some have the ability to control the temperature of the Auckland hot water based on the needs of the household usage. It’s able to do this in part by not always keeping the Auckland hot water cylinder full when there’s no need to do so. The cylinders themselves are designed so that heat isn’t lost through the walls that are well insulated. The most common electric cylinders can loose enough heat that it cost up to $150 extra a year. The newer smart controllers are able to effectively cut a good portion of this but how much they do so depends on the spare capacity the cylinder has and how effective the smart controller is.
- When buying Auckland hot water cylinders you can get them with extra connections that allow you to have a solar water heater and a wet bag or heat pump can be added later.
- Using a night rate electricity tariff is one of the best ways to reduce the cost of heating your water. Depending on the area of the country you live in it may or may not be available. You will want to make certain your cylinder is large enough to store a day’s water before you make the choice to change to a night rate.
- You will need to switch it off in the morning and you’ll need to remember to turn it back on again before you go to bed and you’ll do this for 2 or 3 days to test if you have enough water or not. If it turns out that you do have enough, then you can talk to your electric company about a night rate tariff. In some cases, even if you don’t have enough water you might be able to get the service where they boost your hot water during the day. You can ask your provider if they have that service.
Things To Consider
- Other systems for heating water are usually less expensive than hot water cylinders.
- You can reduce the amount of heat that’s lost by wrapping the cylinder with insulation and you can place pipe insulation around the first part of the hot water pipe. You should do this especially if your cylinder is older.
- You can use our tool to compare initial and ongoing cost before making your final decision.