It is important to make the best choice for your household when looking at the range of different hot water systems on the market.

After all, your choice of appliance could help you to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions as well as provide you with the amount of hot water required for your household needs.

Here are some things to consider before you make your mind up.

How much water do you use?

A larger household will naturally require a bigger tank. It is important to think about the number of people who will be using the hot water system, plus the amount of water use, as this can affect your purchasing decision.

Climate considerations

The area you live in could impact your choice, as areas that experience cooler temperatures may need to ensure their hot water systems can perform well when the mercury drops.

Those in frost-prone areas may need to ensure additional precautions are taken so their hot water systems remain in action year-round.

Apricus uses evacuated tube solar hot water systems, which are designed to work in cool climates and can track the sun year-round to provide additional solar collection. Plus, the built-in frost protection means they are suitable in temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius.

Energy costs

While traditionally gas hot water systems were considered the most economical choice for households, the cost of powering these units has increased dramatically in recent years.

It is believed that these high costs will continue to escalate, with the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) suggesting these could double again in the next few years.

This makes it essential to factor in the long-term running cost of appliances for heating water around the home.

Hot water systems may have an expected lifetime between 10-20 years, which is why solar power might help. This means you can rely on the free energy supplied from the sun to heat your water, circumnavigating any gas or electricity price increases.

Home solar hot water systems are a great choice, and an Apricus model can be found to suit even cooler climates. Contact the friendly team for any advice – they are more than happy to talk you through the different-sized models on offer. Or water our video which explains how evacuated tube solar hot water systems work.