Solar Hot Water

Solar Hot Water

SERVICE OVERVIEW

Solar water heaters.

With Australia’s abundant sunshine it makes great sense to get your hot water FREE from the sun, 0ur heat pumps can help reduce your energy usage over time and bring your carbon emissions down.
With a gas or electric booster, you can have hot showers all year round – even when the sun doesn’t shine!

A solar water heater or heat pump can help reduce your energy usage over time and … With a gas or electric booster, you can have hot showers all year round.

Beat rising energy prices with solar hot water. . With a Solar hot water heater you can enjoy big savings on your energy use and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Bar Plumbing with Rheem hot water systems use a range of technologies to provide efficient and cost effective solar water heating solutions for all Australian climates.

Did you know?

Around 30 per cent of the energy used to heat water in a storage system is wasted due to heat loss from the tank and associated pipe work.

Ask about our Solar rebates,

Contact James at Bar Plumbing  today to learn more about our solar hot water system prices, James can assist you with the cost of solar hot water, he can provide you with a solar hot water quote on site.

Try The Water heater selector.

  • Roof Mounted

     Combines collectors and tank in a roof mounted design, freeing up space at ground level
        Frost protected models available
        Variety of capacities to suit your household's needs
        Eligible for incentives.

  • Ground Mounted

    Key Features

        Combines slim roof mounted collectors with a ground mounted tank reducing the structural load and visual impact on your roof
        Frost protected models available
        Variety of capacities to suit your household's needs
        Eligible for incentives.

  • Heat Pump

    Key Features

        Same fittings as an electric water heater - ideal for a same day replacement
        No solar panels required
        Relatively low cost to purchase and install
        Eligible for incentives

 Is my house right for solar.

The best homes for solar hot water meet the following requirements:

A good-sized roof – most houses will use 2 collectors which are each around 2m tall x 1 m wide. That means you need at least 2m x 2m, plus some clearance space on your roof. You’ll also need some ground space for the ground-mounted hot water storage tank. For a roof-mounted tank, you’ll need even more roof space .
A north-facing roof area – it’s best if the collectors can be mounted facing north in order to capture the most sunlight. If you’re not sure, use a compass or go to Google Earth to check if you’ve got a north-facing roof area.
An area free from shade – the roof where the solar collectors are fitted needs to get plenty of sunlight – so watch out for shade from trees or surrounding buildings.

Climate can also be a factor when choosing a solar heater. Extreme weather areas that get frost or very high heat will need a product designed to suit the climate.

Remember, a plumber or solar installer can help you make sure you have the right set-up, Contact James today for a free quote.

If your house doesn’t suit solar, a Heat Pump is a great alternative. We call it ‘solar without the panels’.

Heat Pumps can attract solar rebates and incentives.

POPULAR QUESTIONS

The answer is different for different situations. It depends on your roof space, energy tariffs and access to natural gas.

 

  • A Heat Pump might be right for you. Heat pumps are like solar without collectors on the roof. They use refrigerant vapour compression technology to extract and intensify the warmth in the air around us. They then use that warmth to produce hot water. Have a look at the Rheem Heat Pump range to find the one that’s right for you. 
Take a look at our running cost calculator or ask your plumber or energy provider for more information.

The best homes for solar meet the following requirements: 

  • A good-sized roof – most houses will use 2 collectors which are each around 2m tall x 1 m wide. That means you need at least 2m x 2m, plus some clearance space on your roof. You’ll also need some ground space for the ground-mounted hot water storage tank. For a roof-mounted tank, you’ll need even more roof space .
  • A north-facing roof area – it’s best if the collectors can be mounted facing north in order to capture the most sunlight. If you’re not sure, use a compass or go to Google Earth to check if you’ve got a north-facing roof area.
  • An area free from shade – the roof where the solar collectors are fitted needs to get plenty of sunlight – so watch out for shade from trees or surrounding buildings.
  • Climate can also be a factor when choosing a solar heater. Extreme weather areas that get frost or very high heat will need a product designed to suit the climate.
 

Remember, a plumber or solar installer can help you make sure you have the right set-up.

If your house doesn’t suit solar, a Heat Pump is a great alternative. We call it ‘solar without the panels’. 

Heat Pumps can attract solar rebates and incentives. 

To find out more, go to Heat Pumps or Solar rebates. 

Not long at all, particularly if the installation is well planned. If a ground level storage tank is installed first, you won’t be out of hot water for long, as the tank can operate using its gas booster until the collectors are installed. An experienced installer will organise the necessary trades (a licensed plumber and electrician) so you are quickly enjoying hot water from your new solar hot water system. 

A Heat Pump is also a quick replacement for an electric water heater. We call it ‘solar without the panels’. Heat Pumps can attract solar rebates and incentives. 

To find out more, go to Heat Pumps or Solar rebates.

Definitely. Heat Pumps are often the simplest replacement for an electric water heater. 

They have a storage tank much like an electric water heater. They use the same plumbing and electrical connections as electric water heaters. They can be quickly installed by a licensed plumber. And they consume about a third of the electricity than a traditional electric water heater. 

The one thing to be aware of is that the water in the tank may take a bit longer to heat, but a Rheem Heat Pump comes with an electric boost for those times when you use a lot of hot water, or when the weather gets really cold. 

Talk to your plumber or installer about the storage capacity to make sure you have enough hot water when you need it. 

The impact on your electricity bill will depend on the tariffs you pay and the type of water heater being replaced.

The majority of homeowners see the greatest savings on hot water bills when replacing an electric water heater on a continuous tariff.

Rheem Heat Pump water heaters are recommended for connection to either 24 hour continuous tariff or extended off-peak, minimum 16 hours per day.

Heat Pump water heaters can reduce the energy you use and reduce greenhouse emissions by up to 65%* depending on where you live, according to Australian Government approved modelling. 
* reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 65% is for zone 3 – see rebates calculator for more information.