With energy bills in NSW spiralling up much faster than inflation and clients seeing rising electricity costs in order of 30%+ with more rises to come over the next 2 years, it’s time to consider how much you could slash them by installing a new solar hot water system. An average family of four replacing an old electric HWS system could expect to save $700 or more a year
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Not only have the savings on energy never been higher, but Renewable Energy Certificates are making solar hot water systems better investments than ever before.
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Two Different Categories
There are two fundamentally different technologies available to deliver you cheap solar hot water. On-the-roof systems, and heat pumps.
1. On-The-Roof Solar Hot Water Systems.
These systems have collectors on the roof to collect the radiant heat of the sun. They include the traditional flat-plate collectors that have been around for 40 years, and the more advanced evacuated tube systems (which have been on the market since 1980!).
Doing our due diligence in 2004, we decided that evacuated tubes were clearly the better system, choosing what has since become the Hills Esteem range. We helped pioneer their widespread adoption, and today are the largest Hills Solar Dealer in Australia.
2. Heat Pump Solar Hot Water Systems.
The second solar hot water technology is 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 atmsphere.
They produce similar savings to most on-the-roof systems, but are cheaper to instal because nothing has to be installed on the roof. The connections are the same as an old-style elecric storage hot water system.
Of course, they are recognised by all Australian Governments for solar hot water rebates. A few lucky people who qualify for maximum rebates can end up paying less than they would for a bottom-end elctrical hot water system.
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Which Solar Hot Water Technology Is Best?
Both systems reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, whether it be gas, or any fossil fuel used to produce electricity. If we look at whole-of-life cost- the cost of buying, running and maintaining the system- we believe that the evacuated tube solar hot water system is a clear winner. If keeping down the initial cost is important, heat pumps are the answer. Any time a roof-mounted 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 solar hot water system will save around $400-600 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!
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