Living on the Gold Coast in the “Sunshine” State has many advantages. When it comes to energy, the Gold Coast has all that sunshine to help us save money. If your hot water system is getting tired, or you’re sick of high energy bills, you might have considered getting your plumber to install a solar hot water system. We look at how solar works, and the benefits of installing solar hot water. We also go over the types of systems on offer and how to find one suitable for your home.
How does solar how water work?
A solar hot water system uses the sun’s energy to heat water. It involves collecting energy using solar thermal collector panels. Solar hot water systems also have a storage tank. According to the Australian Government, most hot water systems should supply between 50 and 90 per cent of your hot water needs year-round. For patches of weather with little rain, you would generally have an electric or gas booster which kicks in when it’s needed.
What are the benefits of installing a solar hot water system?
A solar hot water system may be more expensive to buy initially, but it is a great way to save long-term on your energy bills. On the Gold Coast with all that sunshine, your solar how water system is a great money saving device.
You can also get a concession on your solar hot water system purchase, through the government’s Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STC’s). How this works, is that the system you choose has a certain amount of STC’s attached to it, depending on its energy efficiency. You can then sell the STC’s back to the electricity retailer, who tallies STC’s against their Mandatory Renewable Energy Target.
Different types of solar how water systems
A solar hot water system can consist of a thermosiphon system or a heat pump system. Thermosiphon systems mount the thermal collector panels on the roof along with its storage tank. Heat pump systems, also known as split systems have separate collector panels and storage tanks. Hot water is pumped to the tank from the collector panels on the roof.
How do I choose the best solar hot water system for the Gold Coast area?
To find out more about choosing the best solar hot water system for you, you can visit the Government’s Your Energy Savings website.
Your choice of solar hot water system should also be based on the system’s performance and reliability long term. You can talk to your local plumber about the type of system recommended for your household needs. Plumb Perfection highly recommends the Rinnai Solar Hot Water System for the Gold Coast. This solar hot water system has a stainless steel tank, which is ideal for areas like the Gold Coast where there may be the likelihood of corrosion. It also comes with a 10-year warranty.
Talk to Plumb Perfection to get advice on installing a solar hot water system at your Gold Coast home.