Did you know that water heating is one of the biggest energy costs in most homes?
And the older the tank, the higher the cost, plus, with energy prices going up all the time, it will only get worse.
Using solar energy to heat water is an effective way to use Australia's abundant sunshine, save energy, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Solar Hot Water Heaters make up around 13 per cent (circa: 2018) of all hot water systems used in Australia.
And something much more important that most people do not know.
Many people think that greenhouse gas emissions are the biggest threat to this planet when in fact these emissions are almost insignificant compared to an even greater problem.
That problem is Oxygen depletion.
Every time a fire is burning - from a spark plug to a gas heater, to a coal-fired electrical energy plant - it burns oxygen.
Multiply this by at least 1 Billion people using some kind of fire on a daily basis and you should start to see that with our limited amount of oxygen on this planet, that this fire burning cannot be sustained indefinitely.
It is already pulling oxygen "out" of our oceans at an alarming rate.
This oxygen depletion includes our atmosphere as well as our oceans.
Solar Hot Water systems help reduce this potentially catastrophic problem. Before you comment, please check out some FACTS on the following links below. You will see that this is much more serious than you may have considered.
Did you know?
About 30% of the energy used to heat water in a storage system is wasted due to heat loss from the tank and associated pipe work.
Water heating is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from an average Australian home and the second largest segment of household energy use in Australia, after space heating and cooling. It accounts for approx 21% - 33% of the energy expenses and generates about 23% of the greenhouse gas emissions (DCCEE 2010).
In 2012, Australian hot water systems were approx 48% from natural gas, 45% from electricity, 3% from liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and 4% from solar (DCCEE 2012).
As of 2018, Solar Hot Water heaters now make up approx 13% of the Australian market. This trend looks to be consistent in its upward trajectory and shows that substantial savings must be being made for so many people to be telling their friends of the financial benefits.
Electric water heaters in particular contribute to these emissions: only half of Australian homes use electric water heaters, but they contribute 80% of hot water greenhouse emissions.
Reducing your hot water use and using renewable energy sources to heat water are great ways to reduce your environmental impact.
By installing the most appropriate and efficient water heater for your household size, water use patterns and local climate conditions, you can potentially save a significant amount of money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions without compromising your lifestyle.
An efficient hot water service (HWS) can also add value to your home and help meet state, territory or local government regulations.
Approx 21% - 33% of energy used in the average home heats water.
Please consider this.
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