Why solar hot water?
WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO A MORE EFFICIENT SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM FOR YOUR HOME (AND WHERE TO SWITCH TO)
With winter fast approaching and the cold weather coming in Brisbane, Townsville and surrounding Queensland, hot water is becoming more of a necessity in many homes. It’s not surprising, therefore, that many homeowners’ electricity bills ratchet up during the winter season - a huge chunk of it caused by their water heating system. In fact, around 25-30% of the average Queensland electricity bill comes from water heating alone.
What many don’t realise, however, is that they can significantly reduce their electricity bill by switching from a conventional water heating system to a more efficient one. If you’re looking to make a change in your water heating system, here are two great options that are friendly to your wallet (and the environment).
SOLAR HOT WATER IN BRISBANE, TOWNSVILLE AND QUEENSLAND
First is using a solar-powered water heating system for your home. This system relies on the sun’s energy to heat water in your home, meaning you’ll need to use much less electricity from the main power grid throughout the year.
But what about winters, cloudy days, and other times of the year when you don’t get as much sun? Not to worry. Modern systems like Rheem solar hot water are designed to take these into account, and they should be able to provide you different options to fit your needs.
Always consult with specialists beforehand to get the best and most efficient system for your home. Even if you end up needing a backup system for you solar-powered water heating system, using solar power to heat your water can still provide plenty of savings throughout the year.
ELECTRIC HEAT PUMPS
If you feel that solar isn’t the way to go for your home, you still have another option that’s more efficient than the conventional electric water heater: electric heat pumps. An electric heat pump is a water heating system that uses heat in the air as its main heating source. It work very much like an air-conditioner, except that it provides the opposite effect and applies it to water.
Electric heat pumps are an excellent alternative for those who don’t opt for solar-powered heaters. It uses the same plumbing and electrical connections as standard electric water heaters, so it’s easier for many homeowners to upgrade to this system. They’re also quicker to install and feature a more compact structure and design.
And even though they’re still powered by electricity, electric heat pumps work much more efficiently than electric water heaters. In fact, they require almost 65% less power than most conventional water heating systems.
Switching to a more efficient water heating system in your home may require some time and investment, but its long-term savings are established and well-documented. With your Brisbane solar hot water or electric pump, you definitely won’t have to hold back on hot water during this coming winter season.
Although energy efficient hot water systems are a great idea, for those replacing an old hot water system, there are options if you don't want to replace your existing hot water system. Often another option to reduce your energy bills, is to install your existing hot water system on a timer and install a Solar PV System at your property. This will then allow the Solar Panels to power your hot water system FREE from the sun.