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Reasons to Go Solar With Your Hot Water System

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In the market for a new water heater for your home? Whether you're buying a hot water system for the first time or replacing an existing one, it's important to carefully assess your options in order to make the right choice.

Each of the different types of water heaters available on the market today has unique pros and cons that may influence your purchase decision. If you're considering going solar and are wondering if installing a solar water heater in your home is a worthwhile investment, continue reading.

Save energy

Although the amount of energy used to heat water varies widely from household to household, water heating is a significant user of energy. It accounts for about 21% of energy use in the Australian residential sector. Only home heating and cooling use a higher percentage of energy than this.

A solar hot water system offers you a chance to heat your water with solar energy, reducing your home's consumption of conventional energy sources such as natural gas, propane and electricity. This helps to improve your home's overall energy rating.

Save money

If you're like the vast majority of Australian homeowners out there, you're constantly looking for ways to keep utility bills down. One way to accomplish this goal is by heating your water with solar.

Solar water heaters can be costly to install, but they're remarkably cost-effective over the long term because they use sunshine, which is free and abundant across the country. The potential energy savings from using a solar water heating system will translate to huge savings on your domestic energy costs in the long run.

Save the environment

Gas and electric water heaters are not only significant users of energy in homes but are also significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. While electric water heaters don't produce these gases while operating, the generation of electricity requires using fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, which are known to contribute to these harmful emissions.

Sunshine is regarded as a clean energy source because it does not release any greenhouse gases into the environment. This makes it an environmentally friendly fuel source for your residential water heating application. 

Heating water with solar energy is a clever way to save energy, money and the environment. While the initial upfront cost of solar water heater installation might be high, the associated benefits justify the cost. Plus, you may be eligible for solar rebates and incentives available to help you lessen the financial burden of going solar. Before making a final decision, talk to a hot water system plumber about your needs.