The First Step in Getting Your Home to Go Green

solar water heater

Did you know liquid heaters such as the hot water cylinder NZ represent the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions and is the most energy intensive appliance in an average Australian household? Living in the beautiful climate of Australia, it only makes sense to harness the clean, renewable and free supply of energy from the sun.  In addition with the ever-increasing gas and electricity costs, there has never been a better time to switch to a solar hot water system.

A solar hot water system utilizes panels on your roof to collect energy from the sun’s rays to heat liquid which flows into a storage tank, ready for use. There are many different types available and it is important to consider size when choosing which would be suitable for your family, climate, available space and aesthetic preferences.

Investing in a liquid heater make seem like a big decision, but it is the first step in embracing clean energy and will keep giving  back in the years to come. By replacing your traditional electric storage heater with a solar hot water system you will be able to reduce electricity consumption, environmental impact and increase the value of your property.


Reduce your energy bills

Solar hot water systems are the most cost effective way to heat liquid in your home. They are more expensive to buy and install, however the running costs are significantly lower. With electricity and gas prices rising, implementing an efficient heated h2o system will help you to reduce demand on electricity, and thus power usage bills up to 60%. This will result in you being able to enjoy your savings on an ongoing basis.

You can save even more with the government heated liquid rebates. When Australian households install a small scale renewable heated h2o system, they are eligible to receive a benefit under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) to help with the initial purchase cost. Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) are usually exchanged with retailers at point-of-sale and are generally considered rebates. The assignment levels depend on where you live.


Increase the value of your home

Unlike traditional heating that emit loud noises, a solar hot water system runs virtually noise-free. In addition they require minimal power to work, which makes them efficient, affordable and great investment for your home.


Live a more sustainable life

The cheapest and most environmentally friendly type of liquid heating to run is natural gas-boosted. This will help reduce your carbon footprint and emissions whilst maximizing the free energy from the sun.


Picking the right type of solar hot water system for you

When looking to replace or upgrade your traditional liquid heater with an alternative, it is critical to match your needs.  The right liquid heater for you and your property will be dependent on the climate in which you live in, liquid volume requirements and energy goals. If your storage tank is too small, you risk running out of h2o or if it is larger than what your household needs, energy will be wasted in storing excess heated liquid. Talk to a specialist who can advise you on the ideal solar hot water system for you.

In order to get a quote, suppliers usually need around 30 minutes to assess your home. Retail suppliers often have a wide range of products, so you will be able to receive a quote on a range of different types and models. Always get quotes from at least two suppliers. A solar hot water system’s price can range from $3000-7000, including installation and rebates.