Solar hot water system in high demand.
Did you know that the water heater consumes most of the energy usage in most households in Australia? As a result, there is a steady increase in solar water heating system instalments. From 2009-2011, the federal government provided a $1600 rebate for the instalments of the solar water heating systems, resulting in more than 100,000 systems being installed during that period. In 2020, there are 11,787 solar hot water systems installed in Queensland alone.
If you are trying to make the most out of your solar energy, investing in a solar water system may be the way to go.
What is a solar hot water system?
Solar hot water systems utilise collectors on the roof to capture heat. It is effective in saving money and energy for consumers while reducing carbon emissions.
Solar hot water systems with a ‘booster’ use either natural gas or electricity from the grid as a backup to ensure a reliable supply of hot water. Booster systems are much more cost-efficient to run than a standard gas or electric system.
Heat pumps use a small amount of electricity to run a pump, which circulates a refrigerant around the system. This refrigerant picks up heat from the air and transfers it to the stored water. Therefore, Heat pumps are significantly more efficient than conventional electric water heaters.
Electrical water heating is the largest single source of greenhouse gases from the average Australian home, producing almost a quarter of household emissions.
Solar water heating systems reduce the average household’s carbon emissions by 2.4 to 3 tonnes. It can also save you hundreds of dollars every year compared to an electric hot water system.