Australia at risk of being being flooded by cheap, inefficient ‘faux’ hot water heat pumps

Australia is currently seeing a massive increase in hot water heat pump installations, fuelled by government incentives and rebates.

But concerns are growing that Australia is at risk of being flooded by cheap, unreliable products, installed by inexperienced companies, and we could become a dumping ground for heat pumps that do little to reduce climate change, or the cost of living. That's because we don't yet have minimum energy performance standards for hot water heat pumps.

Chris Taylor, the Managing Director of Reclaim Energy, estimates that 90% of the heat pumps now being sold and installed in Australia are what he calls “faux heat pumps.” That's because we don't yet have minimum energy performance standards for hot water heat pumps.

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Anne Delaney
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April 21, 2024
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