If you consider that around a quarter of the energy consumed in your home goes toward generating hot water, it makes sense to make what savings you can in this regard. The radiant energy of the sun is one of a number of renewable energy sources that have the potential to transform the way we live, and is receiving increasing investment from manufacturers and government alike. The primary attraction is that this energy source only requires harnessing, typically via installing a number of panels or collectors on a rooftop to capture those precious rays. For more on this exciting alternative energy source hipages decided to seek out the expert opinion of Shahrooz Chowdhury from the Modern Group.
Why should I consider a solar hot water system?
“It takes a significant amount of electricity to heat up hot water for use in your home – which ends up contributing toward a large part of your energy bill. A solar system can help you to make significant reductions in this regard. At the same time you can reduce your household’s emissions and carbon footprint.”
What comprises a solar hot water system?
“There are basically two major elements to a solar hot water system – roof mounted solar collectors and a storage tank.”
Very simply – how does a solar hot water system work?
“Solar energy heats up the water in the solar collectors which flows into the storage tank. Once the pressure has built up in the tank it is made available to the home using a pump or gravity fed system.”
What savings can I achieve with solar hot water?
“Heating water can make up to 30 per cent of a household's total energy use – so potentially a significant amount.”
What happens when there is no radiant solar energy?
“For times when there are extended periods of cloudy weather a gas or electric booster system can help ensure you have an uninterrupted supply of hot water.”
Tell us a little bit about the Solar Hot Water Rebate?
“This rebate is part of the Australian Government's Energy Efficient Homes Package, which aims to encourage homeowners to switch to clean energy systems. It is not means tested and the owner or tenant must apply for the rebate – as opposed to the installer.”
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