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Stiebel Eltron has consistently focused on the development and production of green, energy efficient heating solutions which is ideal for the Australian market where rising energy costs are an ongoing problem.

Stiebel Eltron’s local product manager, Darren Fletcher, said energy costs and Australia's renewable energy push has generated a lot of interest in heat pumps.

“Rising gas prices are making Australian consumers think a little more when deciding upon heating, cooling and hot water appliances,” he said.

“Gas prices have remained high but an all-electric home can now be both comfortable and affordable.”

Even compared to electric or gas-boosted solar hot water systems, Fletcher said hot water heat pump units carry advantages that make them arguably more attractive.

As well as not requiring solar panels, heat pump hot water units can operate 24/7, and electrical consumption can be as low as 500–700W.

“They can also make ample use of on-site solar PV (photovoltaic) electricity, supplying on occasions the entire power load required by the unit. This makes the energy intake 100 per cent renewable,” he added.

While using gas for a domestic hot water application is usually between 60-85% efficient, heat pumps offer 500% efficiency.

STIEBEL ELTRON first began developing heat pump technology for energy efficient hot water and heating in 1976. The company began selling its products in the Australian market in 1996.

Since then the company's air source hot water pumps for both the commercial and residential markets have gained a strong foothold in the Australian market.

“This is because the pumps provide energy efficient hot water all year round due to its sophisticated design,” Fletcher said.

“Hot water energy use can be reduced by up to 74% compared to conventional hot water electric systems in Australia.

“Stiebel Eltron's heat pumps are extremely versatile, they can be installed indoors and outdoors and work in lower temperatures.

“Water heating systems are often the biggest domestic consumers of electricity not just here in Australia but overseas as well.

“Installing a heat pump can quickly and easily reduce energy costs.”

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