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What is something all Australian households have? A hot water system!
All Aussies rely on a hot water unit to supply heated water for washing, bathing, hygiene and also for relaxation, and the power used to heat this much water is often responsible for around a quarter of the average electricity bill.
However, not everyone has considered the impact of their current system on the planet, although they may have realised its impact on their budget.
More old-fashioned heating units need to be replaced often, with Renew Economy’s Matthew Wright claiming the entire country’s stock is replaced every nine years or so.
Not only is that an expensive process, but it creates additional waste, which is not ideal for the good health of the planet.
The earth is further harmed as these systems often rely on fossil fuels such as electricity and gas in order to produce warm water for household and business use.
These fossil fuels create carbon emissions, which are responsible for warming the planet.
Top scientists from around the world claim global temperatures will rise by up to 6 degrees in the next century, unless the rate at which we burn fossil fuels drops, according to experts at the Sydney Environment Institute.
This phenomenon is known as climate change, or the greenhouse effect and has many impacts and consequences on the planet.
We may see an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Rising sea levels also pose a high risk, particularly for coastal communities, and to our marine life. This means the seas and oceans could become too acidic, so coral reefs and other calcifying marine organisms may not survive.
So, what is the solution? Solar hot water systems.
Rather then using electricity or gas to heat the water used in the home, a solar system relies on a renewable and free source – the sun – to fill the majority of your hot water needs.
There are minimal carbon emissions, as these systems do not produce any harmful gases when the sun is used to heat the water.
Some homes and businesses may need a booster during cooler days, and you can choose to have this in the form of an electric booster or a gas option.
However, the solar systems can work in both hot and cool weather, as they can use the energy of the sun even when it is overcast.
If you do live in a particularly cold climate, it might be best to opt for a hot water system that has in built frost protection, so the tubes work perfectly year after year.
Speaking of tubes, if you do decide to install a solar hot water system, you have two options: A flat panel unit or an evacuated tube system. The first option is cheaper to use but may not provide as much heat as the slightly pricier evacuated tube option.
This is because the tubes can make the most of the sun’s path throughout the day, as they passively tracks the sun.
Then, the collectors are able to retain 95 per cent of the heat energy they capture, so heat is not lost in the atmosphere.
Apricus’ range of hot water systems have been designed specifically Down Under for Australian conditions, and there is a range of sizes available to suit every size of home from a single bedroom cottage to a house with six or more inhabitants. Commercial solar hot water options are also available for businesses.
A solar unit from Apricus comes complete with a 15 year guarantee, so you won’t need to contribute to already overflowing landfills.
Often these systems last longer than 15 years, although this can depend on external factors.
For more information about the latest energy efficiency superstar, the solar hot water system, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Apricus.