Benefits Of Solar Water Heating
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Water heating makes up a solid part of a household’s electricity bill – therefore cutting back the cost in any way will add up to substantial savings over time. One way to do this is to install an energy-efficient hot water cylinder, and another is to harness solar power. Solar supplements your mains electricity, so that depending on the weather some or much of your hot water heating bill will be subsidized. It’s an investment that continues to give you returns once it’s set up correctly – and of course, covers the rest of your power bill as well.
Pros & Cons
There are both pros and cons to consider when deciding if solar water heating is a good fit for you. In some cases it won’t be viable, but in others it could save you a lot of money:
- A continued return over time. Each month you will notice consistent savings on your energy bills, which over several years will pay for the costs of the installation.
- An environmentally-friendly option. For those concerned about depleting hydroelectricity stores and natural gas, solar power is an option that reduces your eco-footprint. It also stays the same, while electricity costs will continue to rise as resources become more and more scarce.
- Requires a larger outset cost to install. Solar panels need to be installed properly to have a full effect, which can be costly.
- Dependent on the weather for effectiveness. However overall New Zealand has good conditions for solar energy, even in winter.
How It Works
Residential solar hot water heating systems depend on the type of solar installation you have. However generally, solar panels will heat antifreeze fluid, which is looped into the hot water cylinder from the roof. This heads the water when solar power is strong enough, however because it’s not always dependable most systems will also have a source from the mains power. This ensures you have hot water available at all times.
The Cylinder Guy offers a range of solar-compatible cylinders – most of the high pressure hot water cylinders we carry will work perfectly naturally. These brands include the HJ Cooper hot water cylinder range, including the 300 Litre model, and the Rheem stainless mains pressure cylinders, which can be used both indoors and outdoors. You have a full selection of sizes, and if you have additional needs you can talk to our specialist team about them.
Solar water heating is a great way to save money and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. For more information, talk to the Cylinder Guy team today.