By installing a solar hot water heating system in your home you can:
Solar water heaters use the solar energy from the sun to generate heat – not electricity – which can then be used to heat water for your household. Depending on the climate you live in, Solar Hot Water heating systems can provide up to 90% of your hot water for free using the sun’s energy – without generating greenhouse gas emissions.*
Water heating is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from an average Australian home. It accounts for nearly 21% of the energy and generates about 23% of the greenhouse gas emissions.* Electric water heaters, in particular, contribute to these emissions. Only 50% of Australian homes use electric water heaters and they contribute 80% of hot water greenhouse emissions.
In Australia, the split of energy used for water heating comes from**:
Natural gas 48%
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) 3%
An efficient hot water service can also add value to your home and help meet state, territory or local government regulations.
For an industry overview of solar hot water systems see the Resources section where you will find a list of independent sites we’ve collated to assist you to find more information.
* Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) 2010 and 2012.