Solahart Solar Hot Water Systems: The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What are the environmental benefits of a Solahart solar water heater?
Water heating accounts for around 25% of the average household’s energy usage. Getting your hot water free from the sun not only saves energy, it also saves the greenhouse gas emissions that would have been produced in the generation of that energy. By replacing an electric storage water heater with a Solahart you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 3 and 3.4 tonnes a year*, the equivalent of taking a small car off the road. In fact solar water heaters are so good for the environment that STC’s (formerly Renewable Energy Certificates) and some government incentives exist to make it easier to get into solar hot water.
What are STC’s (formerly Renewable Energy Certificates)?
Each STC represents the equivalent of one megawatt hour of electricity generation from an accredited renewable energy source. For solar water heaters each STC represents the displacement by solar energy of one megawatt hour of electricity generation from a non-renewable energy source.
The installation of a solar or heat pump water heater in your property may be eligible for the creation of STC’s. The financial benefit from assigning your right to create STC’s for your solar or heat pump water heater installation can be used to reduce the purchase price of your new Solahart.
The number of STC’s which may be created varies with the model of solar or heat pump water heater and the region in which the unit is installed. The value of an STC is not fixed and varies from ‘time to time’.
What Government rebates are available for solar hot water?
Some state governments in Australia offer rebates to encourage the use of solar water heating. Each rebate has differing eligibility requirements.
How long does a Solarhart Solar hot water system take to pay for itself?
Financial payback will vary depending on your circumstances, but with the available incentives plus the ongoing energy savings you can begin to recoup your additional investment straight away when you remain connected to the same fuel tariff. After you recover your initial investment, the savings are yours to spend on yourself and your family, year after year.
Does a Solahart take long to install?
If your current hot water system breaks down Solahart can have you back in hot water within 24 hours, in most instances, with a temporary system while you wait for your installation, to take away the inconvenience of cold showers.
Why do solar water heaters have boosters?
All solar water heaters include gas or electric boosters to ensure you have hot water even during the colder, darker days of winter and on those rainy days we have from time to time. By selecting the right Solahart model for your area and your family’s hot water usage patterns, you can ensure you minimise the need to use the booster.
Which Solahart solar hot water heater is right for us?
The best Solahart unit for your needs will depend on the following key factors:
The amount of available sun
Is the area prone to frost?
The water chemistry in your area
How many people in the home and their typical hot water usage
To choose the best water heater for your family, call your local Solahart expert who will help you pick the right unit for your current and future circumstances.
Is there an alternative to putting the tank on the roof?
Solahart’s revolutionary range of Streamline Split System solar water heaters allows you to enjoy all the benefits of Solahart’s advanced solar technology – without the tank on the roof.
The Solahart Streamline system locates the low profile collectors on your roof, with the tank installed at ground level. Alternatively you can choose a Solahart Heat Pump which uses heat pump technology to extract heat from the surrounding air, without solar collectors at all.
What if I don’t have the money now?
Solahart has a range of payment plans and interest free options available and in some cases without the need for a deposit to approved customers. Click here for more details.
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