In the past, property owners had the choice of which energy source to use when it comes to hot water heater. Nowadays, legislation in South Africa states that a minimum of 50% of your hot water heater requires to be some kind of renewable energy.
This new legislation leaves you with 2 alternatives– gas or solar. While gas geysers only produce about 30% of the greenhouse gas emissions of electrical water heaters they still need the purchase of gas to keep it running. Solar geysers, however, only needs a once-off investment which after it will provide you with almost 90% of your hot water needs daily.
As South Africans, we are lucky that we get year-round sunshine which makes the option of a solar geyser even more appealing. Below are the benefits and drawbacks of picking solar geysers.
Solar water heating has been used commercially around the globe for more than 50 years. In numerous nations it is mandatory to have a solar water supply in every house! Around 40% of the average family electrical power cost is from heating water (this percentage is even higher in low earnings families). By utilizing a solar water heater these expenses can be reduced by at least 80%. This would truly make a huge distinction to low income families.
Pros of Solar Geysers
- A solar geyser can help you conserve as much as 90% on your water heating expenses. It also decreases your energy costs substantially and doesn’t need a mains connection.
- Free and renewable resource at all times– solar geysers will continue to heat your water even on cloudy days.
- Solar power decreases our dependence on nonrenewable fuel sources, enabling us to utilize renewable resource that would have been wasted otherwise.
- It also limits smoke, gas and chemical spin-offs.
- The quality of the water does not affect the solar geyser system.
- Since you don’t have to depend on electrical power to supply the hot water, it will benefit houses without any access to electricity.
- Solar heating unit are strong and weather condition resistant. Tubes have the ability to stand up to frost and hail.
Cons of Solar Geysers
- It needs an upfront investment that can be pricey to some
- Regular upkeep on the valves are required, but not on the system itself.
Why should you install Solar Water Heating?
Following is a list of advantages that you will harness from a Solar Geyser System:
- Expense Saving– from the savings on electrical power you will be able to pay for the Solar heating unit in a few years. After this your warm water is free!
- An Investment– Installing a solar heating unit contributes to the worth of your residential or commercial property and continuously conserves you on running expenses.
- Environmentally Friendly– Solar energy is clean energy– no pollution and no exploitation of limited natural resources. There are decreased levels of contamination due to less coal/paraffin/wood being burned either to heat water straight or to produce electricity. This also helps reduce deforestation due to less firewood being cut for burning.
- Consistency of Supply– With a solar water heating system you will have hot water even during blackouts and irregular power supply.
- Minimize your need for electricity– Reducing your demand for electricity by practically half can remove pricey upgrade of your supply infrastructure. Less reliance on foreign and perhaps hostile sources of energy. Less important foreign exchange and tough made money is spent importing energy.
- Free hot water– An average winter season’s day in Africa creates sufficient solar energy to offer all your hot water without using electricity.
As you can see the pros of installing a solar geyser in your home far outweigh the cons. To find out more or if you are interested in a complimentary quote, speak to the group at Apollo Solar Technology today.