Solar Power or Solar Hot Water? Which should you start with?

Solar hot water or solar power, which system should I get first?

Solar is often associated with solar power (PV), where the sun, a natural energy source, is used to generate and provide electricity for your home.

However, solar hot water is actually more efficient and a fantastic way to reduce your energy consumption. More and more Australians are realising its benefits, as they take advantage of Australia’s abundant sunshine to heat water, rather than rely on the grid.

In this article, we will explore which technology (solar power or solar hot water) you should start with., Also, and you will learn how both systems can actually work together to deliver great benefits for you and your family.

Why you should start with solar hot water

If you’re looking to go solar, a solar hot water system is a good start. Why? Because it will help reduce the amount of energy you use in heating water, which accounts for around 25% of the average Australian household’s energy costs1. So, installing solar hot water could result in significant energy savings for your home.

Solar hot water works like a solar battery, in the sense that it captures energy from the sun (to heat water) and stores it for later use. Many Solahart customers have found that installing solar hot water first has been beneficial in helping them substantially reduce their energy consumption.

Solar hot water collectors are more efficient than solar power panels. In fact, these collector panels typically take up just ⅓ of the roof space needed for an equivalent size solar power system.

Also, by switching to an energy source that’s clean and green, like solar, you can help reduce your carbon emissions and lead a more sustainable lifestyle. For example, replace your electric water heater with a Solahart, and you could save up to 1.6 to 2.6 tonnes of carbon emissions per year2, which is equivalent to taking a small car off the road.

Why you should then add solar power to save even more

Starting with solar hot water doesn’t mean you can’t have solar power as well. Once you have solar hot water to reduce your energy consumption, you can then add solar power to start producing your own energy and save even more. In many cases, you can install a smaller solar power system, as household energy use is lower because a solar water heater is already in place.

Having both solar technologies could help reduce your reliance on fossil fuels in favour of one of the most abundant, consistent sources of energy we have available: our Australian sun.

Installing solar power together with your solar hot water system works hand-in-hand to deliver maximum savings for you and your family. This is particularly important during these uncertain times, as we spend more time at home.

However, in most Australian homes with PV, a large proportion of the energy produced by solar power panels is sent back to the grid because it’s generated when it’s not needed, i.e. the middle of the day.

Adding home battery storage to a new or existing solar power system allows you to store your unused energy to use:

At night
On low sunlight days
When utility rates are more expensive
During blackouts
Battery storage is a smart way to offset your electricity costs as you maximise your solar energy usage and minimise your reliance on the grid.

So, there it is; your quick guide on the types of solar technology available, which you should start with, and how they work together to deliver maximum savings.

Solahart is the only national company that can provide you with expert advice on all three technologies (solar power, solar hot water and battery storage). With so much conflicting information out there, it’s hard to know where to turn. We are here to make it easy for you to make the right decision with honest, tailored solutions for you and your family.

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Solahart pioneered the use of solar energy in Australia, beginning with a copper tank in 1953. 

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