You’ve heard of solar power installation to generate energy for your home’s electric use, but how about using solar power to heat your water? This innovation provides a more economical and more convenient way of heating water than alternatives like electric and gas systems. Let’s explore why:
What is a Solar Hot Water Heater?
A solar water heater is a device that provides heat to water used in your home by making use of natural sunlight. That is, the hot water for your showers and sinks, as well as for dishwashers and washing machines. The latter two machines normally use electricity to heat water, so you will benefit from further savings in this way.
How it Works
Water collectors absorb light and then convert it into heat, where it is transferred by a pump to the water tank. This heat pumping mechanism works similarly to an air conditioner, which pumps heat away from unwanted areas. Except, of course, the solar heater works in reverse, pumping heat from outside into the water. The heat is transferred only when the collector is hotter than the water, so that energy does not go to waste.
The solar water heater is most efficient when the sun is high in the sky, like in summer or the middle of the afternoon. The positioning of the collector’s angle matters too. However, the mechanism also works even when it’s cloudy outside. Additionally, there is a back-up system for when there’s not enough sunlight, so you’ll never be without hot water.
Worth the Investment
Although the solar hot water system price is higher than the initial costs for electric or gas water heating systems, it will save you money over time. It doesn’t have the running costs these alternative systems have, because, after all, the sun is free. Also, electricity costs increase over time, while the cost of solar energy will remain the same. Thus,0 you will increasingly save more money as time goes on. Australian homes can save up to 90% on their water heating bills. Further, investing in a solar hot water heater increases the value of your property.
Your solar water heater will harness the sun’s heat energy, so that you are not at a loss when there are power cuts. You have access to hot water 24/7.
The solar energy system does not emit those ugly greenhouse gases like CO2. Heating water electrically causes the most amount of greenhouse gas emissions in Australian homes. Reduce your carbon footprint with solar water heating.
Firstly, you should choose a system which is super-efficient with energy conversion, as the heater will consume some of your home’s energy usage. After picking the right company for your solar water heater, you should also think about the unit size, depending on how many people live in the household and the space available on your roof. You may consider also where the tank will go on your ground level.
A solar water heater will save your family money in the long run, increase your home’s monetary value, provide a reliable source of hot water for your household, and help the environment. Invest in one today!