Did you know that if you switch to solar hot water you’ll free our planet of up to 3 tonnes of carbon every year – that’s the equivalent of taking a small car off the road!
Benefit from the Government’s Small Scale Technology Certificates (STCs)
The Federal Government encourages people to switch to solar hot water and offers generous incentives to help you make the transition. The incentives come in the form of Small Scale Technology Certificates (STCs), which can be sold to recoup a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing your new solar system.
Increase the value of your home
Ask any real estate agent and we’re sure they tell you that adding solar increases the value of your home. The significant savings on household energy bills now and into the future are incentive alone for any potential buyer.
Is my roof suitable for solar hot water?
When switching to solar hot water, the following are best suited:
1. ROOF SPACE
Most houses will use 2 solar collectors which are around 2m tall x 1 m wide each. That means you need at least 2m x 2m, plus some clearance space on your roof.
For a roof-mounted tank, you’ll need even more roof space .
2. GROUND SPACE
You’ll also need some ground space for the ground-mounted hot water storage tank, if applicable. This isn’t necessary for roof-mounted tanks.
3. NORTH FACING ROOF AREA
It is best if the collectors can be mounted facing north in order to capture the most sunlight. If you’re not sure, use a compass or go to Google Earth to check if you’ve got a north-facing roof area.
The solar collectors will need to be placed in an area of high sunlight and minimum shade. Shade from trees and surrounding buildings aren’t ideal.
Climate can also be a factor when choosing a solar hot water heater. Extreme weather areas that get frost or very high heat will need a product designed to suit the climate.
If solar doesn’t suit your home then a heat pump system is a great alternative. In the industry we call heat pumps “solar without the panels”.
What solar hot water system is best for you?
Choosing the right solar system isn’t easy but, don’t dismay, that’s where we can help! While price will always be a consideration, it’s crucial you also receive the right up-front advice, a problem-free installation and comprehensive after-sales-service. At Cheapa Hot Water, our solar hot water experts are trained and qualified to ensure you get the best solar solution for your situation. We will visit your home and discuss with you your needs and requirements. We assess the site conditions and arrive at the best solar solution for you.
Switching to solar from gas or electric
If you’ve ever had your day ruined because of hot water problems, you’ll understand the need to get back into hot water fast. Call early and we will have you back in hot water within 24 hours.
And remember, when your existing water heater has problems or breaks down, it’s a great opportunity to switch to a solar hot water system. Not only will you get your hot water free from the sun, you’ll also be saving on your energy use. If like many Australian households, you’re concerned about the rising cost of electric and gas energy, sustainable solutions may be able to set your mind at ease. For example, did you know that the average Australian home uses up to 25% of its energy consumption providing hot water? Reducing your energy use can be as straightforward as installing a solar water heater.
The Benefits of Going Solar
Reduce your energy bills now
Solar is a great way to reduce your energy bills and your reliance on energy companies by harnessing the sun’s free energy. Companies like Rheem and Solahart have been delivering hot water free from the sun to households around the world for over 60 years. The range of solar hot water systems on the market has expanded to include solar power (PV) and battery storage technology.
Did you know that by replacing your hold gas or electric water heater with a solar one can save 50%-90% of your hot water energy use. Install a Solahart PV system to provide power to your home and supplement this with a Tesla Powerwall battery to store free power for use at night or when the sun’s not shining. Any surplus power can then be fed back into the grid.
We can provide you with all three solutions so you get unbiased advice on the best system for your needs.
A more sustainable future for us all
Switch to a solar water heater and save up to 3 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, which is equivalent to taking a small car off the road. Our goal is to help you make the decision on which solar solution best suits you, to not only save you money but also reduce your carbon footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Is solar hot water reliable?
In the past 20 years, solar hot water has advanced rapidly and the technology surrounding it is now cheaper, more reliable and has a longer life span.
“But what happens if it’s cloudy?” – Even when the sky is cloudy, the sun is still letting off solar rays that heat your hot water. If the sky is blue and the sun is shining, you will have more hot water BUT it doesn’t need to be sunny and hot for a solar hot water system to work and generate great, free hot water.
Thinking of switching to solar? Contact us for obligation free advice
Solar hot water is our business! At Cheapa Hot Water, we are authorised installers and repair technicians for all the solar hot water heater brands including Solahart, Rheem, Edwards, Apricus, Quantum and many more. Our solar systems are competitively priced because we purchase large quantities direct from the manufacturers – a saving we can pass on to our customers.