Did you know?
… About 30% of the energy used to heat water in home hot water systems is wasted via heat loss from the tank and or pipe work.
If you are building your first property privately or upgrading an existing real estate development, we have found doing your research really pays off.
You can reduce the cost of your own system by choosing the right one for the job.
Two of the best for sale on the market are ‘solar’ and ‘heat pump’ hot water systems.
- Solar hot water systems absorb the energy from the sun to heat water
- Heat pump hot water systems draw heat from the air to heat water
Neither the Australian governing body nor the Clean Energy Regulator will provide advice on system choice but you can ask local retailers or installers for advice on the best system for your application.
The specifics of your own project can have a large impact on the suitability of each setup.
Find an agent and determine if your solar heater of choice is eligible for government scheme discounts.
Under the government scheme, solar panel system installers can apply to become registered agents for the Clean Energy Regulator.
You can find a list of these agents who are selling these systems here: http://ret.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/hot-water-systems
Note that this is not a complete listing of all agents in the scheme; and that they are not impartially endorsed by the Clean Energy Regulator however, it is still a good place to start to find your own local installer to plan the project.
We used Wayne for our solar hot water systems in Perth. Wayne was able to determine the correct heat pump for my own project and ensured it met the eligibility criteria:
- A new system that is listed on the ELIGIBLE SYSTEMS LIST
- Accompanied by the provision of a “small-scale technology certificate” ( A registered agent creates these on your behalf)
- You must be the owner of the system at the time of installation