Hot water is never free! By adopting good habits and improving your installation, you will find yourself using less hot water and going easy on your wallet and the climate:
By making a few adjustments and making the right equipment purchase choices, you can substantially drive down your hot water consumption.
In fact, grants are available in all three cases to help you with this investment.
Every Belgian consumes an average of 98.4 l of drinking water per day. Only part is heated, but this accounts for 1,050 to 1,275 kWh consumed annually per person if the water is heated in an electric hot water cylinder. I.e. an annual budget of € 210 to 255 per person (calculation basis: € 0,20/kWh).
Between 2006 and 2008, the Foyer Anderlechtois carried out a huge renovation project on a building in the area of the rue des Droits de l'Homme. During the works, the Foyer Anderlechtois paid special attention to managing the building's domestic hot water.Read the testimonial
Between 2006 and 2008, the Foyer Anderlechtois carried out a huge renovation project on a building in the area of the rue des Droits de l'Homme. During the works, the Foyer Anderlechtois paid special attention to managing the building's domestic hot water. Sami Naouar, the engineer in charge of Energy, details the various hot water aspects of the renovation project:
"We installed twenty thermal solar panels to preheat the water. These panels suffice in summer to meet the tenants' demand and maintain the hot water at a sufficient temperature. This was virtually the case in 2014. >A latest generation, high-output gas boiler can also take over whenever necessary. This is reserved exclusively for domestic hot water. As in fact we have chosen to have two separate systems: heating and domestic hot water. This means that we can monitor consumption accurately. And its related costs."
The managers have also emphasised servicing, with advanced maintenance of each key component: hot water storage cylinders, circulators and control of the installation.
"Here also we have been able to make significant savings in energy consumption. Finally, at night, we reduce the water circulation temperature slightly (58 to 53°C) during off-peak hours, between midnight and 5 a.m. This doesn’t inconvenience the users but consumption really does drop."
And less consumption means less charges for the tenants!
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