We are excited to announce a new supplier partner to the Plumbing Plus Group – Energie Group Australia (EGA).
EGA is a supplier of Solar Hot Water products, primarily Heat Pumps, and will be supplying the ‘Wulfe’ Heat Pump to Plumbing Plus members. Wulfe Heat Pumps will be purchased at a discounted rate thanks to the fact that Small-scale Technology Certificate (STC) rebates will already be applied. No need to submit paperwork with the government, just a simple activation through EGA’s ‘Express Activ8’ app to claim the rebate.
Karl Penn, General Manager, Eagles The Plumbing Shop, said “The announcement that EGA will be supplying the Wulfe Heat Pump to Plumbing Plus is a really interesting and timely development for Plumbing Plus and for us as a member.
Whilst the uptake of heat pumps in Australia has been comparatively low, with today’s better technology, the environmental focus, government support and consumer education, we believe that there is a real opportunity in this market, despite the possible negative legacy of previous efforts to launch Heat Pumps in Australia.”
The Wulfe Heat Pump will be available from January 2023.
Focus on Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are an important clean energy technology that is not new, but has previously been overlooked in Australia. They are being increasingly embraced around the world, particularly in Europe, the US and China particularly with the current efforts to combat both climate change and reduce dependence on Russian gas supplies.
The heat emitted by a heat pump comes from the environment – mostly ground (geothermal) and air, but also from water and waste sources. Unlike fossil fuels, these sources are limitless and clean.
Heat pumps can be used for both heating and cooling. They use electricity to move hot or cold air from the environment, but they produce far more heat than the electricity they consume. One unit of electricity can provide 3 to 5 units of heat via a heat pump – making them incredibly efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels, meaning a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
There are relatively high upfront costs to installing a heat pump, however their lower running costs compared to traditional heaters, means significant savings can be achieved in the long run.
As heat pump innovation progresses, particularly in the area of energy storage systems, we expect to see heat pumps move higher up the clean energy agenda in Australia with the expansion of government initiatives to drive uptake, such as energy efficiency grants and installation rebates.