Solar Hot Water Solutions for Melbourne
How much can you save with a solar hot water system in Melbourne? With energy bills spiralling out of control, it makes sense to consider investing in a new energy saving solar hot water system. An average family of four replacing an old electric hot water system in Melbourne could expect to save $ 700 or more a year.
Government Solar Hot Water incentives are making solar hot water systems more
affordable than ever before for Melbourne customers.
But what system should you choose? There are two fundamentally different technologies available to deliver you cheap solar hot water: Evacuated tube systems; and heat pumps. If in doubt, our people can provide expert advice on our range of best of breed products.
Evacuated Tube Solar Hot Water
What sets this advanced system apart from the old flat-plate collector technology, is the series of very efficient, evacuated glass tubes that make up the solar collector on the roof. The technology has been available for 40 years, and was pioneered by the University of Sydney.
Doing our due diligence in 2004, we decided that evacuated tubes were clearly the better solar collection system and the way of the future, choosing first Apricus, then what was to become the Hills Solar Industries range. We helped pioneer their widespread adoption, but with Hills Solar’s demise, in today’s market, we would probaby promote Solargain’s model’s as an efiicient and economical choice..
Solargain recently introduced the next generation of affordable evacuated tube technology. Their second generation tubes deliver performance efficiencies well beyond those of traditional flat panel systems and other evacuated tube collectors. With superior design and enhanced insulating properties, the collectors optimise energy capture while minimising heat loss, providing greater energy efficiencies, particularly during the Melbourne winter period when thermal energy is at its lowest, and the demand for hot water is at its greatest.
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Heat Pump Solar Hot Water
The second solar hot water technology we selected was the heat pump. They have been on the Australian market for over 20 years – a well-kept secret from most Australians!
A heat pump solar hot water system is very clever. Just like a reverse-cycle air conditioner heating a room in winter, they use a little bit of electricity to collect a lot of heat that the sun has put into the atmosphere.
They produce similar savings to most on-the-roof systems, but are cheaper to install, as the connections are the same as an old-style electric storage hot water system. Of course, they are also eligible for relevant solar hot water rebates.
Click below for more information on a wide range of domestic and commercial heat pump solar hot water systems. Melbourne is the home of Stiebel Eltron.
Which Solar Hot Water Technology Is Best?
Both systems reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, whether we are using gas, or coal-fired electricity. If we look at whole-of-life cost, ie the cost of buying, running and maintaining the system, we believe that the evacuated tube solar hot water system is a clear winner. If roof space or shading is an issue, then heat pumps are the answer. Any time a roof-mounted collector system isn’t suitable, the heat pump is the answer!
How Much Will I Save With A Solar Hot Water System?
How long is a piece of string? It’s hard to say, because every household is different. A different number of people, different shower lengths, hot vs. cold wash, standard vs. low-flow showerheads. All these factors can make a big difference in how much you’ll save. It’s probably fair to say that the average family of four switching from an old electric to a new gas boosted solar hot water system will save around $ 700 a year.
Of course, whatever saving they make is dramatically rising each year as energy prices head north! Oh, we forgot to mention… you’ll also save around 3-4 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year going into the atmosphere!
Government Incentives For Solar Hot Water in Melbourne
While the Victorian Government Rebate for Solar Hot Water closed down in 2013, there are still Government incentives available. Both the Federal Government and Victorian Government have schemes to support Melbourne residents to purchase solar hot water systems.
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