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Federal Labor plans national electric hot water ban in new houses, from 2010

Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007

The national ban announced this week by Labor environment spokesman Peter Garrett went beyond the phase-out of greenhouse-intensive electric hot water systems in new homes, already introduced in South Australia and Queens­land, and in Western Australia from September 1 this year, reported The Australian (25/8/2007, p. 1). Solar solution: In Victoria, new homes already required either a solar hot water system or a rainwater tank. Labor’s national electric hot water ban would begin in new houses from 2010, with exemp­tions for multi-storey apart­ments as part of its Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Stan­dards that would be applied to a range of household appliances. Heating water accounted for about 28 per cent of household energy consumption. Shifting from electric to solar or gas hot water was considered one of the best ways of improving energy efficiency in households, although solar systems still required a supplementary gas or electric heating source.

Plumbers ready: Master Plumbers Association training manager Gary Work­man expected the industry would manage the jump in more time-consuming solar installations after 2012, with about 5000 of Australia’s 60,000 plumbers al­ready trained under a green plumbers’ program.

The Australian, 25/8/2007, p. 1

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