Solar water heaters use the solar energy from the sun to generate heat – not electricity – which can then be used to heat water for your household. Depending on the climate you live in, Solar Hot Water heating systems, can provide up to 90% of your hot water for free using the sun’s energy – without generating greenhouse gas emissions.*
Water heating is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from an average Australian home. It accounts for nearly 21% of the energy and generates about 23% of the greenhouse gas emissions.* Electric water heaters in particular contribute to these emissions. Only 50% of Australian homes use electric water heaters and they contribute 80% of hot water greenhouse emissions.
In Australia, the split of energy used for water heating comes from**:
Natural gas 48%
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) 3%
An efficient hot water service can also add value to your home and help meet state, territory or local government regulations.
For an industry overview of solar hot water systems see the Resources section where you will find a list of independent sites we’ve collated to assist you find more information.
* Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) 2010 and 2012.
Solar hot water system prices
The price of a system depends on the size of the system that is best for you. Your plumber will recommend the best system for you based on the:
size of your house
pitch of your roof
A solar hot water system can only be installed by a qualified plumber so the price of the system will also vary based on their installation fees.
Compared to conventional water heaters, solar hot water storage systems usually cost more to buy and install. The great news is the up front cost can be offset by:
The payback period will vary per household depending on the climate you live in, type of system installed, hot water use and the energy tariff applied for your home.
Solar water heaters have other great benefits:
they last longer than conventional water heaters
they add to the value of your home.
With Australian households feeling the strain of rising energy prices – there’s never been a better time to consider switching to a solar hot water system.
6 Reasons To Buy an Apricus Solar Hot Water Systems
Passive Sun Tracking
The round tube design of the Apricus collectors passively tracks the sun to provide more solar collection, for more hours of the day!
Our mounting frames were designed right here in Australia, and are rated to withstand cyclonic winds.
Cold Weather Performance
The Apricus evacuated tubes have superior performance in cold climates and during the cold months of the year when you need it the most.
All Apricus solar hot water systems have built in frost protection (-15°C) without glycol, meaning less maintenance.
Australian Owned & Operated
Apricus is a completely Australian owned and operated, and all systems are designed specifically for the tough Aussie conditions.
National Support Network
Our products are available through 1,500 resellers across Australia so you’re guaranteed to have local, dedicated support.
What Our Customers Say…
Apricus solar systems are brilliant. Solar hot water is to be installed correctly by correct solar accredited plumbers . I have a system 7 years old and only turn my booster on after 2 days of cloud. My family use approximately 200ltr of hot water daily.
The reason our company choose Apricus is that we KNOW they are the most reliable system on the market – bar none! We have had plenty of years installing all the major brand names in Solar and though some of them are not bad they just do not compare with the performance and reliability standards that set Apricus apart!
Professional opinion on the Apricus range of Hot Water Systerms
Great Service! Our unit is 6 years old. Rang Apricus because we had no hot water. They had it fixed on the same day. Great response and service. Even talked me through how to read controller and check pump.
Thank you Apricus.
Ros was very helpful with a recent warranty claim. My system is 5 years all heat tubes were replaced after speaking with Ros and a couple of emails. Great service
After 15 years of service it was time for a new pump. Ros was very helpful and found a replacement quickly after speaking to the technical team. It arrived the next day is is back up and running.
Very courteous and helpful. Couldn’t do enough for us. They fixed the problem straight away with no hassles. I would recommend this system. We now have very hot water. Thank you
My summer gas bill dropped from about $40 (actual usage) to $5 after getting this system. It is elevated above my solar panels, so made good use of my roof. The temperature is perfect at all times of the year (it does have a booster). I’ve used it since May 2014 and am very happy
Ros was exceptional getting the problem solved by diagnosing the fault and the speed of replacement parts to be installed by an Apricus plumber Graham who was very efficient.. well done to you all..
Had an issue with the Grunfos pump and Apricus (Ros) responded immediately to our query – very helpful and provided non stop courteous assistance in getting the system back up and running – and kept on with after care to ensure it was all operating well.A credit to the company.
Apricus Australia launched in 2005 under the direction of Chris Taylor and since its inception, the business has grown into a nationwide success, supplying state of the art solar hot water solutions to hundreds of thousands of homes all over Australia.