Solar Hot Water
Although the initial outlay seems quite expensive, in the long run you will reap benefits, such as lower power bills because solar is virtually free by using the sun’s energy to heat the water. The NT government offers a rebate if solar hot water units are installed. These are known as Smart Energy Grants you can receive up to $1000. On top of this, you can claim further rebates by selling your Small – scale Technology Certificates or STC’s. These are a tradable commodity attached to eligible installations of renewable energy systems (including solar panels, solar water heaters and heat pumps). On average most rebate returns are around the $1500 mark when installing a 300 litre unit.
Another great thing about installing a solar hot water unit is you are reducing your carbon emissions. In the Territory, Solar units can provide virtually 100% of your hot water. When you need some extra or the sun’s not shining a booster is activated if it is installed.
Maintenance of Solar Hot Water is relatively easy. Every five years it is recommended that an inspection be done by a qualified plumber to ensure the sacrificial element is still in good condition, and the relief valve is working as it should. It is highly recommended to clean the solar panels yearly. Gold Medal Services has plenty of experience maintaining solar hot water services so if you think yours needs a bit of attention just give us a call on 8947 3000
Electric Hot Water
Whilst solar hot water is great, it’s not always practical. In some instances a solar unit just won’t cut it. An apartment or unit complex is an example of this. The advantage of using an electric hot water unit is they come in a wider range of sizes compared to its solar counterpart. Usually ranging in size from 50 litres up to 300 litres. There is usually less cost associated with installation, and you don’t a hefty weight on your roof.
Unfortunately your power bills may be higher, due to using more electricity and there are no rebates associated with electric hot water units.
As you can see there are pro’s and con’s to using either system. If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to give us call on 8947 3000 or contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org