Solar water heaters use solar energy for domestic water. Since this technology relies on clean energy, switching to this technology will reduce your domestic carbon footprint.
Generally, people associate solar energy with solar panels to convert solar energy into electrical energy. However, solar thermal panels can use the sun's energy for water heating purposes.
For a family of four, the solar water heating system will meet approximately one-third of the hot water demand. More specifically, if you invest in this renewable heating solution for a three-bedroom semi-detached house, you will save between USD70 and USD100 in annual hot water bills.
How Much Does Solar Water Heating Cost?
The price of a household system is usually around USD4,050 and USD6,500, depending on the size of the house and whether you need a new hot water tank or use an existing hot water tank. But keep in mind that it is difficult to estimate the exact price of solar water heating panels, so it is always recommended to contact the installer.
If you decide to buy solar hot water panels, you can save monthly electricity bills.
Using a gas-fired insulation system to convert to a solar water heating system with proper insulation structure, correct installation and correct use, usually saves up to USD80 a year, while using an electric immersion heating system can save up to USD95 a year.
However, the savings may vary depending on the energy usage of the household.
Obtaining hot water through solar heating technology is cost-effective, especially if you use renewable thermal incentives. This is a government program designed to reward homeowners who use low-carbon heating systems.
Currently, the tariff for solar thermal panels is 21.36 p/kWh.
Although the initial installation cost of solar hot water panels may seem high, it is a cost-effective solution for domestic heating
How To Choose a Solar Water Heater
When choosing a solar water heating system, the following cleaning and maintenance techniques should be considered to optimize the purchase:
Your roof faces south. Or make sure you choose the best location in the house to fit the solar collector, which will guarantee its maximum efficiency. If this is not possible, consider purchasing a thermal panel that can be placed on either side of the house.
You have the necessary south-facing roof area. For flat-plate collectors, about one square meter of collector area is required for each person living in the building. This is enough to heat 30 to 60 liter of water.
It is a good idea to conduct an energy performance survey to check whether you are maximizing energy use. If you do not, you should make the necessary changes before installing the solar water heating system.
Finding a solar water heater that suits you and your family's specific needs can be expensive and time consuming. Fortunately, at Sunflower, we have everything you need because we already have a list of different solar water heaters. If you have any interest, please feel free to contact us.