Combet, Newman, O'Farrell go to water on hot water

The phasing out of inefficient electricity storage water heaters is looking more and more like an empty promise, with progress made in 2010 fizzling out to nothing.

Every year four million Australian households spend over a billion dollars per year unnecessarily to burn coal to heat up water to spin a turbine of which 70 per cent of the energy is vented as heat rather than creating electricity. This is then transmitted around 100 kilometres or more, where a further 10 per cent of the electricity is lost to then – yes, you guessed it – heat up water.

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