Solar energy technology is constantly progressing and has significantly grown in popularity over the last few years. Of all the renewable energy sources on offer, solar panels still rank as one of the most popular choices for use in Australian homes.
Before deciding to install a solar heating system, it’s important to consider the pros and cons. Most solar heating systems are ideal for domestic use, though if you are running a business that uses large amounts of hot water, solar heating can also be the ideal solution for you.
The experts at Hogan Hot Water & Air Conditioning are here to discuss all aspects of solar heaters, and whether they are a suitable option for your property.
What is a solar heating system?
Solar heating systems use energy from the sun to heat the hot water needed for your home. A water boiler can still be used as a backup hot water supply, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable such as on cloudy days or during the night.
How does a solar heating system work?
Solar heaters use panels to soak up the rays of the sun to heat up the water for your household, which can then be used for daily household tasks such as showering, laundry, and other daily activities. As a sustainable system, solar heating will reduce your energy consumption considerably, and knock a few dollars off your monthly electricity bills.
Generally, the panels are installed on the roof of your home to allow for maximum exposure to the sun. The water is then heated and stored in a hot water cylinder.
Installation and maintenance costs
It’s a common misconception that solar heating systems are expensive to install and maintain. The reality is that installing and maintaining solar heating systems is becoming more affordable and over the last decade solar heating systems have become a reasonably priced electricity source for the home.
Solar heating systems offer a low maintenance option for those looking for a sustainable way to heat their water. It’s recommended that you perform an annual check-up once per year, but your solar heating system should only need professional servicing every 3-5 years.
Although there is an initial upfront investment, advances in technology and increasingly available equipment are continuously reducing the costs involved. Those who are considering a solar heating system should think of the initial capital as an investment for reduced energy and maintenance costs down the line.
Reduce energy bills
Everyone dreads getting their energy bill at the end of the month, especially given the fact that electricity costs have been steadily rising in Australia and around the world, putting a continuous burden on homeowners.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to lead a normal life without energy in the home. However, the positive news is that sunlight is plentiful and cost-free, so once your solar heater system is installed your hot water costs will be greatly reduced.
Keeping the water in your home hot is usually one of the highest expenses for homeowners. The good news is that the solar industry has developed many solar solutions to help to heat your home’s water more efficiently and to lower your utility bills.
The total amount of money you save on your water heating bills will depend on:
- the number of people living in your home
- the water needs of your appliances such as shower, washing machine and dishwasher
- your lifestyle
- the way you manage your water usage
Lower carbon footprint
Solar heating systems not only allow you to save money on your bills, in the larger scheme of things, they also lead to the reduction of your household’s carbon footprint.
Since solar heaters rely on a clean energy source, switching to them will lead to a reduction of greenhouse emissions such as carbon dioxide. In fact, the Clean Energy Council estimates that by installing a solar water heating system, you can reduce your household’s carbon emissions by between 2.4 and 3 tonnes per year.
There is a lot more we can do to switch to greener habits, but using renewable energy like solar heaters is a step in the right direction for making a positive impact on the environment.
Find the best solar water heating installers in NSW
Finding the right solar water heater for your household’s specific needs can be time-consuming. Fortunately, at Hogan Hot Water & Air Conditioning we have the expertise to help you make the right decision for your property.