In Australia, with our temperate climate and sunny weather, it makes sense to try and utilise what Mother Nature provides free of charge to heat your hot water. By using solar energy means you pay less than conventional electric or gas water heaters, whilst reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a win-win on all accounts! At Cheapa Hot Water, we are authorised installers of Solahart hot water heaters, who have been in the business of solar hot water for 60 years.
What system is right for me? And how much money will I save?
This will vary depending on your water usage, the amount of available sun, if your area is prone to frost, the water chemistry of your area and how many people are in the home plus your typical hot water usage. As an example of how much money you will save, by installing a Solahart 302KF, one of their most efficient models to replace your electric hot water heater, you can cut your water heating energy consumption by up to 70% if you live in Sydney. Our experienced solar hot water technicians at Cheapa Hot Water will be able to expertly advise you on what system is right for your home and budget.
What are the environmental benefits?
Water heating accounts for around 25% of the average Australian’s household energy usage. By switching to solar hot water, this not only saves energy, but also reduces the greenhouse gas emissions that would have been produced to generate that energy. By replacing an electric storage water heater with a Solahart you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by up to 3.6 tonnes a year – that’s the equivalent of taking a small car off the road!
Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC’s) – what are they?
Each STC represents the equivalent of one megawatt hour of electricity generated from an accredited renewable energy source. Solar hot water heaters save, rather than generate, electricity therefore each STC represents the displacement by solar energy by one megawatt hour of electricity generated from a non-renewable energy source, like coal or gas. The installation of a solar or heat pump water heater in your property may be eligible for the creation of STC’s. The financial benefit from assigning your right to create STC’s for your solar or heat pump water heater installation can be used to reduce the price of your new Solahart hot water system. Ask our technicians for more information when you call us on 1800 266 999.
Can I get a Government rebate if I switch to solar hot water?
You may be eligible for a Government rebate on the purchase of your solar hot water system. Eligibility requirements change all the time and our technicians will be able to provide you with the latest information and relevant forms.
How long will it take for my solar hot water system to pay itself off?
Financial payback will vary depending on your circumstances. With incentives, plus the ongoing energy savings, your investment should start paying itself off immediately. After you have recovered the cost of your initial investment, any savings you make in the future are yours to spend.
How long will my new solar hot water system take to install?
Typically a new solar hot water system takes 24 hours to install. In most instances, we can provide you with a temporary hot water heater if your old system has broken down so you won’t suffer the indignity of cold showers during the new installation process.
Information source: Solahart.