When it comes to purchasing a new solar hot water system, the most important question you need to ask yourself is “Should I go Stainless Steel or Vitreous Enamel/Steel/Glass Lined?”
By asking this question and doing your research before making a decision, you will be able to determine which solar hot water system is best for your personal household needs.
In Australia the hot water industry is very competitive and every company believes that their product is more superior than their competitors’ products. It just makes good common sense that if you were to ask a retailer or plumber what their opinion is, it’s pretty obvious that they would respond with a biased answer.
The very first question which you should be asking your preferred plumber or retailer is “are they able to supply both stainless steel and vitreous enamel solar hot water systems?” At Renew Energy we are happy to provide our customers with either option, hence you can rest assured that when asking us questions, we will be able to provide you with unbiased answers.
We make sure that a thorough analysis has been taken of your home, while always ensuring that your personal usage needs are kept in mind. We also ensure that we take into consideration where your home is located and the quality of your mains water.
What is the difference between Stainless Steel & Vitreous Enamel?
When it comes to solar hot water in your home, a vitreous enamel solar hot water unit contains a thicker enamel lining inside of the tank. This ensures that the tank can withstand very high boiling temperatures, all while maintaining a standard mains hot water pressure.
Stainless steel tanks on the other hand are highly durable and long lasting. In Australia most units come with a five year parts and labour warranty and 10 years warranty on the tank and collectors. Do keep in mind though, that on average these do cost more than your regular vitreous enamel solar hot water units.
For most average households in Australia, investing today in an efficient solar hot water system, will protect your family against utility price hikes, while being an affordable way to lower your carbon footprint.
How much energy consumption does my house use for heating water?
When it comes to energy consumption, your second largest energy expense actually comes from heating water. For the typical Australian household this can add up to a significant annual expense.
Electric hot water systems in Australia are the cheapest to buy, but as is most often the case, it ends up actually costing you much more in the long run. On the other hand, a solar hot water system might have a higher up front cost, but over the long term your running costs will be much lower.
Electricity and gas prices are constantly rising and a solar hot water system is an efficient and economical investment. One which will allow your household to invest against future rising costs.
The most efficient way to determine what size system is best for your family, is to contact us today at Renew Energy and allow our professionals to conduct an on-site analysis of your home.
At Renew Energy, our solar units are an environmentally friendly option and once installed on your roof blend in with the design and architecture of your home.