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How your dairy farm may benefit from a gas hot water system

How your dairy farm may benefit from a gas hot water system
How your dairy farm may benefit from a gas hot water system

This is a commercial collaboration with Elgas.

If you operate a dairy farm, you're most likely aware of the fact that not all hot water heating systems are created equal. In fact, as reported by the Australian Energy Foundation, annual running costs for the most common types of hot water systems vary greatly, as do their levels of efficiency.

While all businesses in the agricultural industry have unique energy requirements, dairy farms in particular benefit from adopting reliable energy systems that can be engineered, specified and installed to meet their specific needs. That's why so many dairy farmers rely on LPG gas as an adaptable fuel to keep their businesses growing.

When it comes to trusted LPG gas providers, companies such as Elgas support Australian dairy farmers by providing access to LPG to help reduce overall costs and emissions. The best part? It can be delivered directly to your property, no matter where you are in Australia.

Easy to store, portable and readily available, LPG gas is an essential tool for dairy farmers looking to future proof their energy solutions. Here are a few reasons why.

You can improve productivity with a continuous flow system

If you run a dairy farm, it's important to work in ways that are both sustainable and efficient. No farmer wants to be caught without hot water on tap when it's needed. So when it comes to choosing an LPG gas solution for your farm, it's best to install an instantaneous gas hot water system to increase your dairy farm's productivity.

In a nutshell, an instantaneous gas hot water system is a tankless hot water heater that warms the water as it passes through a serpentine heat exchanger, at a flow rate of 10 to 32 litres per minute, whilst providing a virtually endless supply of hot water. If you want to do your research, it's worth remembering that these gas heaters are also sometimes referred to as continuous flow systems.

According to Elgas, 6 or 7 Star rated instantaneous gas hot water systems not only save energy and money, they also reduce CO2 output, making them an ideal choice for both your bottom line as well as our environment. Upfront investment wise, instantaneous gas hot water systems prices range from approximately $735 to $1575, depending on the specific solution you decide on.

You can reduce your bills with a cost effective solution

According to Queensland Farmers' Federation (QFF), heating water in dairies accounts for between 10 percent to 40 percent of energy consumption, with most hot water being used primarily for cleaning and wash-down purposes. With rising electricity prices, sourcing the energy you use for hot water production from a cost effective gas hot water system could save you money in the long run.

As an added bonus, gas hot water systems also produce up to 33% less greenhouse gas emissions than electric water heaters, which is good for our environment and our future.

You won't have to store hot water

Traditional electric storage water heating systems consist of an insulated storage tank, usually cylindrical, where hot water is kept ready to be used. That may sound great but, according to Sustainability Victoria, all electric storage systems lose some heat through the walls of the tank, so they still consume energy even if you're not actively using hot water on your farm. For agricultural businesses, these fixed heat losses could compromise a high proportion of your overall hot water energy use.

Continuous flow gas hot water systems, on the other hand, don't have storage tanks and heat water only when required, making them ideal options for businesses that often have to accommodate a lot of dairy farming equipment. This is another reason why LPG gas hot water systems are a popular choice with so many Australian farmers, as multiple units can be assembled together, using a manifold system, to scale the output to the quantity required.

You can save money by avoiding heat loss

With a gas hot water system, you can avoid the heat loss associated with storing water via electrical storage systems, and save on the constant power that would otherwise be required to maintain hot water for when it's needed. This is because the system only heats your water as it's needed, via a gas burner as it flows through a coiled pipe.

You can implement an LPG gas solution in a few simple steps

Elgas prides itself on being the most reliable source of LPG to Australian agriculture businesses. Not only can you get a fast online gas quotation today, you can also rest assured knowing that Elgas LPG gas can be delivered to your property, no matter where you are in Australia.

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