Solar Hot Water System Saves Mother Earth
Using Solar Hot Water System has become more popular in everyday households as people are more likely to find better living options to save money on expensive energy consumption bills and our planet’s health. The cost of solar water heating systems declined by 35+ percent in the past 30 years between 1980 and 2010. Future cost reductions may not be as dramatic, but prices will continue to decrease as demand increases and manufacturers take advantage of economies of scale.
Carbon tax will soon be introduced, with fuel prices and rising electricity costs, many Australian families are looking for ways and means to save money. Solar hot water system is an obvious and beneficial answer.
When you think about the costs, savings and the environmental benefits of a solar water systems, the decision doesn’t have to come down to whether you should or shouldn’t have one, but rather to choose the best provider of the solar water systems out there. It’s more critical to decide whom (provider) to have it with, than to have it or not. Placing your solar hot water system on your roof will drive the efficiency of your system. The perfect angle and placement will make significant differences to the benefits of the system itself. That’s why you need to choose the best people in the neighbourhood to install it for you.
Think about the green energy that you use to run the hot water system. It will really help erase the note of Australia, being one of world’s worst polluter of greenhouse gas on a per capita basis. Running a solar hot water systems is one, if not the most cost effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emission to minimise our consumption of fossil fuel generated energy.
As a matter of fact, hot water heaters consume a large portion of domestic energy use and is one of the biggest users of electricity. It has bigger energy consumption compared to Refrigeration, TV and Entertainment. Thus, this makes this appliance as one of the most costly to run in your households. The Federal Government is committed to help Australians switch to an environmental water heater, and is working with State and Territory Governments to phase out these energy guzzling water heaters in 2013. The government rebates are currently available towards the purchase of solar water heaters, but are subject to change at any time. So every household in the near future is not far from all having solar water heating systems.
How it works:
– Cold water from home’s regular water line is being pumped to the roof where it enters the thermal energy collector. Sunlight strikes the collector, and the sun’s heat warms the water. The heated water then comes back into the house.
– The warm water from the roof is then collected in a “Solar” tank, which has temperature sensors and other mechanisms. The warm water from the solar system then goes into the regular hot water system. Because the regular hot water system (gas heated or electric) is heating warm water, you don’t have to heat it as much as if it were plain cold water. If no one turns on a hot water tap, the water is circulated back to the roof to be heated even more. During the night, the system can be set up so that water is not pumped to the roof preventing heat loss to the open air.