Almost any home can take advantage of solar hot water; but a home with a southern facing roof is ideal. A solar hot water system includes solar panels that are typically installed on the roof and collect sunlight throughout the day. The heat travels through pipes to your water cylinder and heats your water. A broiler or immersion heater is still necessary and serves as a backup when the sun’s power is not sufficient on its own. A knowledgeable installer will look at your home and help you determine if a solar hot water system will work for you and will discuss the best way to install it for maximum solar power and savings.
Save money and energy with solar hot water
Homeowners considering a solar hot water system should consider all financial factors when making a decision. A solar hot water system will save a household replacing a gas system an average of 55 pounds per year and a household currently using electric immersion heating an average of 80 pounds per year.
The cost of installing a solar hot water system must also be taken into account when considering the cost benefits. The cost of installing a system will depend on a number of factors including what type of solar heating system you currently have and which direction your roof faces; but the typical cost is around 4800 pounds. While a solar hot water system will save you throughout the year and for the rest of the time you own your home and use the system; it will take some time to recover the cost of the initial installation.
A solar hot water system is an excellent choice for many homeowners. A solar hot water system allows you to utilize a natural, renewable and cost effective energy source and avoid high energy bills.