Hot water is one of those things you use all the time without even thinking about it. Every time you have a hot shower, put your dishwasher on, or start cooking, you’re using up energy and sending damaging greenhouse gas emissions into our environment. Not only does solar hot water help you to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions your household produces, but it helps to save you money on energy bills.

Solar hot water systems are available all over Australia in a variety of different forms, so you don’t have to live in sunny area to get benefits from solar power. In fact, solar power can heat your water all the way from Cooktown to Queenstown.

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How Solar Hot Water Works

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The most common solar hot water system on the market is the panel based system. These guys work by collecting heat from the rays of the run during the time of the day when the sunlight is at its peak. The heat gets trapped within the glass panel that is connected to the mains water and is fed through by pipes into an insulated tank where it stays warm constantly. The more panels you have on your roof, the more hot water your tank will collect.When the temperature of the water collected inside the tank drops, the tank is then heated by a booster that is powered by either electricity or gas. This ensures that you have access to hot water all throughout the day, and regardless of the weather.

 

The most common solar hot water systems out in the market today are the split system and the thermosiphon system. These systems collect solar radiation during the day and trap the heat within the glass panel that is connected to the main water. It is then fed through pipes to an insulated tank where it stays consistently warm for when you need it.

These systems are more suited to sunnier climates, but don’t worry, because there are heaps of other options that work in similar ways, but are better suited to colder or cloudier climates. The systems best suited to these climates are the evacuated tube solar hot water systems and the heat pump systems that store and collect heat in different ways instead of relying on direct sunlight. So even if you live in Melbourne the weather can’t stuff up your warm shower!You can read more about the different kinds of solar hot water systems on the market and their individual benefits at our associate website, Hot water Quotes where you can also access three free no obligation quotes.

 

Help the Environment

Most people don’t make the connection between cooking or taking a hot shower and their impact on climate change. Well, with a solar hot water heater, you won’t ever feel that twinge of guilt when realising that even the simple actions you take everyday can have a negative impact on the environment. Even more appealing is the fact that you will save money on your energy bills.

Whenever the water temperature within the tank drops below a given threshold, then tank is heated by a booster that is powered by electricity or gas, ensuring that you always have hot water on demand, even during cloudy days. While these systems are best suited to sunny regions, there are many options available for people who live in cloudier or colder regions. They are just slightly modified systems but are just as reliable.

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