Make your house an eco-home with solar power
You may be an enthusiastic recycler, aware of your car’s emissions and careful about your energy use at home, but would you like to do more? Installing a solar hot water system and solar PV can help you save the planet – and money.
What is a solar hot water system?
A solar hot water system uses energy from the sun to heat water for your home. Solar panels (typically on the roof) collect the sun's rays and heat the water, which then flows to a storage tank, ready for use.
These systems are a brilliant way of harnessing Australia’s abundant sunshine, lessening your carbon footprint and saving money. Depending on where you are and the amount of water you use, a solar hot water system can provide between 50 and 90 per cent of your hot water needs.
What is solar PV?
Solar PV – or solar photovoltaic electricity system – is the name of the technology that converts sunlight into electricity. Like a solar hot water system, panels are generally installed on the roof of your house. These systems are becoming an increasingly popular way for Australian households to lower their electricity bills and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
There are many types of solar hot water systems available, and it’s important to get expert advice on which one would be best for you and your home. You should select the type that is most suitable for your family size, climate, house type, roof characteristics, available space and aesthetic preferences. You may also be entitled to financial support from the government in the form of solar credits. Contact the Clean Energy Regulator for more information.
Though these systems cost more to buy and install than conventional hot water and electrical systems, you will save in the long run. Once you’ve sought expert advice, visit an online auction house like GraysOnline, where you can pick up a variety of systems at very attractive prices.