Hot Water adoption in Canberra has been faster than almost anywhere
in Australia. With it's highly-educated population, with centres
of solar research such as CSIRO and the ANU in town, and boasting
one of the most active Branches of the Australian
Solar Energy Society (AuSES), Canberra has really taken to solar
hot water systems.
Over four decades wAustralia has produced many of
the best domestic solar hot water systems available in the world.
The list of quality brands available in Canberra is an impressive
one, and includes Solahart,
Hills Solar, Apricus,
Stiebel Eltron, Conergy, Edwards
and more... At Enviro Friendly World, we've worked very hard to
provide consumers with information on the latest and best solar
hot water technologies.
Why Solar Hot Water?
Whether you want to save the environment, or save
money, you can do BOTH. A well-chosen and designed solar hot water
system, installed and used the cleverest way possible, can slash
your hot water bills by 70, to more than 90%. In an age when energy
costs are outrunning inflation, investing a bit more in a solar
hot water system in Canberra will save you more and more every year.
Two Different Categories.
There are two fundamentally different technologies
available to deliver Canberra consumers economical solar hot water.
On-the-roof systems, and heat pumps.
1. On-The-Roof Solar Hot Water Systems.
systems have collectors on the roof to collect the radiant heat
of the sun. They include the traditional flat-plate collectors that
have been around for 50 years, and the more advanced evacuated tube
systems (which have been on the market since 1980!).
Doing our due diligence nearly many years ago, we
decided that evacuated tubes were clearly the better system, promoting
what has become the Hills Esteem range. We helped pioneer their
widespread adoption. Click to learn more about the Hills
Evacuated Tube solar hot water system....
2. Heat Pump Solar Hot Water Systems.
second solar hot water technology is the heat pump. They have been
on the Australian market for over 20 years- a well-kept secret from
A heat pump solar hot water system is very clever.
Just like a reverse-cycle air conditioner heating a room in winter,
they use a little bit of electricity to collect a lot of heat that
the sun has put into the atmsphere.
They produce similar savings to most on-the-roof
systems, but are cheaper to instal because nothing has to be installed
on the roof. The connections are the same as an old-style electric
storage hot water system.
Of course, they are recognised by all Australian
Governments for solar hot water financial incentives.
In Canberra, heat pump solar hot water has been
employed for over 20 years. (I have one on my own home- John Payne.)
Which Solar Hot Water Technology Is Best?
With solar hot water systems, like many other things,
it's a case of 'horses for courses'. Both systems reduce our reliance
on fossil fuels.
A heat pump is the best choice when
roof-mounted system is not practical
cost is critical,.heat pumps cost a lot less to instal, but more
A roof-mounted system is best when
going to be in the home a long time
you have a large family and/or lots of visitors
you use a lot of hot water
your electricity is expensive
In other words, if we can look at whole
of life costs (purchase cost, installation cost, maintenance
cost, energy (money) savings and service lifetime), a roof-mounted
system is the answer.
Our experience has been that evacuated tubes are
the best choice- a choice that has been made by many Canberra institutions
we have worked with, including CSIRO, ADFA, Canberra Southern Cross
Club, Canberra Institute of TAFE (Reid) and Gungahlin College, not
to mention may hundreds of Canberra families.
How do you ensure you get the
BEST solar hot water deal?
Get multiple, obligation-free quotes. It's easy...
How Much Will I Save With A Solar Hot Water System?
How long is a piece of string? It's hard to say,
because every household is different. A different number of people,
different shower lengths, hot vs. cold wash, standard vs. low-flow
showerheads. All these factors can make a big difference in how
much you'll save. It's probably fair to say that the average family
of four switching from an old electric to a new solar hot water
system will save over $700 a year.
Of course, whatever saving they make is dramatically
rising each year as energy prices head north! Oh, we forgot to mention...
you'll also save around 3-4 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year going
into the atmosphere! That's making a great contribution towards
Canberra's target to reduce our carbon footprint.