Solar Hot Water vs Solar Panels Installation
If you arrived on this page you’ve probably been “sold” on the idea of getting a solar hot water system for your Gold Coast or Brisbane home.
After reading what we have to say you might want to reconsider “hooking up” your entire home with energy efficient solar panels.
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Why Choose a Thermotec Solar Hot Water System?
It is not flashy, or complicated, and the principles are simple. The basics are time-tested, and solar water heating systems can work in virtually any location, any climate. It could mean a savings of millions of barrels of oil every year, and the one-time investment is modest – around $3000 for the typical residence. A quality system can cut the average home energy bill by 50% or more, with virtually zero maintenance or upkeep. But there are many companies offering solar water heating systems, so why choose Thermotec?
Thermotec, an Australian company, has been a leader in manufacturing and distributing environmentally sustainable building products for over 25 years. The Thermotec Solar Hot Water System is designed in Germany to be Eco-friendly and low maintenance, but built for the climate and to the standards of the Australian market. Additionally, our systems can be boosted through gas or electric, which means you will never run out of hot water! The Thermotec System is constructed of superior materials, from the tank and collectors, to the use of all brass and copper fittings and valves, to back up our industry-leading 10 year warranty. When you do choose to go solar, there is really only one choice – Thermotec.
Installing a Thermotec Solar Hot Water system delivers both instant and long-term advantages.
- Environment – Our systems can reduce demand for fossil fuels and make Australia more energy independent and environmentally friendly. When our power plants burn fossil fuels to generate electricity, they are emitting carbon dioxide, sulphates, and other pollutants that are a direct threat to our environment, our animals and our health. Lowering your energy costs while decreasing pollution and reducing fossil fuel use is truly conservation without sacrifice.
- Electric bills – The average running cost of an electric hot water heater in Australia will cost between $1200 and $1700, every year, and these costs will only rise in the future. A Thermotec Solar Water Heating system costs virtually zero to operate. Add the costs of electric or natural gas boosting, and the costs only rise to as little as $200 per year. Remember, with a solar water system, your energy source will always be free.
- Additional value – In addition to the immediate savings each month on your energy bill, the solar water heating system adds tangible value to your property. A recent home-buyers survey suggests that people are willing to pay substantially more for a home with an installed solar water heating system – substantially more than the installation cost of the system itself. In addition, installation of the system may qualify you for STCs.
- Replacement – The Thermotec Solar Hot Water system can last up to 30 years, with a very minimum of care. The average hot water heater will need to be replaced in seven or eight years, at $600 to $800 or more each time you replace it.
Whatever the reason for your purchase, you have made the right choice with the Thermotec Solar Hot Water system.
- Warranty – Our 10 year warranty on the tank and collector means you have the peace of mind of knowing you have made a safe investment. This warranty is backed up by our confidence in the design and materials that go into each Thermotec system, and the skill and experience of the team of technicians that install them.
- Durability – Designed specifically for the Australian climate, every Thermotec system is assembled with the highest-grade and quality parts, to ensure minimal maintenance and extended system life. With a 2mm thick stainless steel tank, full copper plate collectors with Titanium Oxide surface, and all fittings and valves of copper or brass – no plastic, no leaks – you can truly install it and forget it.
- Design – Each Thermotec System is designed by German Solar Hot Water system manufacturer Solartech, specifically to meet the challenges of the harsh Australian environment. Solartech has been a market leader in the solar industry for over 25 years, and manufactures each Thermotec system in a world class ISO-9001 high-technology facility.
- Peace of mind – Whether it is the outstanding Thermotec quality, or the financial savings to your family, or the increased value of your home, or the benefits you are contributing to the environment, the peace of mind you get when you install a Thermotec Solar Hot Water system is the greatest reason to make the change to solar now.
How does a Thermotec Solar Hot Water system work?
It is really a very simple process that has been made much more efficient and effective through recent advances in Solar Technology. The collectors, or panels, on your roof collect the energy from the sun, and convert that energy to heat the water in your home. These collectors are typically located on the side of your home that has the most sun exposure. On our close coupled systems, we use thermosyphoning to circulate the water, meaning no moving parts, and no need for a pump. This greatly reduces the need for maintenance, and also reduces the chances of future needs to replace worn parts. The Thermotec system, unlike most other systems, does not need a replaceable sacrificial anode in the storage tank, due to the corrosion-free stainless steel holding tank. The system is designed to resist frost down to minus 20 degrees Celsius during any cold weather, and each system has a pressure-release valve to prevent overheating in extremely hot weather.
While in many areas of Australia, solar can meet in excess of 100% of the hot water needs of the household, we realize that some households, in some climates, may find the occasional or regular need for more hot water than the system alone can provide. To meet this need, we also offer systems that are boosted through gas or electricity. This completely automated system first utilises the solar energy available, then, in the occasional instance that more hot water is needed, the system automatically switches to the alternate power supply. This happens without any noticeable difference in temperature or delay, so you are always guaranteed a plentiful supply of hot water.
Why is the thermosyphon system preferable to the split system?
The thermosyphon system consists of solar collectors with a storage tank mounted immediately above them, both mounted on the roof of the home. As the solar collectors absorb the rays of the sun, the water inside the collectors heats and becomes lighter, which causes the water to rise upwards, into the tank. Colder water, being heavier, replaces the hot water inside the collectors, where the continuous process repeats. This process requires no moving parts or pumps, therefore ensuring minimal maintenance and upkeep.
A split, or “forced circulation” system, consists of roof-mounted collectors and a ground-level storage tank. This system requires an electric pump to circulate the water through the collectors and back to the tank. This results in a more expensive, more difficult to maintain system that needs electricity just to operate, and the moving parts will wear out over time, requiring replacement or repair.
For these reasons, a thermosyphon system is a highly advantageous system in the Australian climate.
Will my water quality be the same with a Thermotec Solar Hot Water system?
The quality of the water you currently have is the quality of the water you will have with our system. The Thermotec system is constructed with a stainless steel tank and corrosion-free components, meaning you will always receive clean, fresh water for bathing, drinking and cooking.
The system you choose can make a difference in your savings, and your satisfaction.
Some Solar Water Heating systems available on the local market have not been specifically designed for the climate and environment of Australia. Others have not been accredited by the Government, and do not qualify for small-scale technology certificates (STCs). The Thermotec system has been designed specifically for the Australian climate, with a corrosion-resistant stainless steel tank, brass and copper fittings, and marine grade aluminium.
What makes Thermotec the right choice for me?
Australian-based Thermotec, in business for over 25 years, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of environmentally sustainable home and commercial building products. In 2009, Thermotec formed a partnership with Solartech, one of the leading German manufacturers of Solar Hot Water systems. Solartech, with over 25 years of innovation in the Solar industry, designs, engineers and manufactures the Thermotec line of Solar Hot Water systems specifically for the harsh and varied climates of Australia. With a high-technology, world class ISO 9001 facility and precision German engineering, you are assured a quality system that delivers top performance with little to no upkeep.
Common questions about Solar Hot Water systems.
- Does my system need to face north? – No. For optimum environmental and energy savings in eastern Australia, the system should face between north-east and north-west. If a Solar Hot Water system is installed on the completely wrong side of the house, however – facing south-east to south-west – it will still operate satisfactorily in eastern Australia, achieving around 70-75% cost savings, providing environmental and greenhouse gas emissions reductions equal to that if a gas hot water system.
- Will the Thermotec system work in a partially shaded area? – Systems shaded by trees or nearby structures may achieve less than optimum performance, but Thermotec systems will normally operate adequately, as they do not require direct sunlight all day to perform as designed.
- Don’t Solar Hot Water systems leak? – Overflow due to over-temperature discharge can be a problem on systems not designed specifically for the Australian climate. Thermotec systems are all designed with the Australian climate in mind, and are fitted with a thermosyphon valve to prevent leakage due to over-temperature during the hot summers of Australia.
- Will I have to reinforce my roof for a Thermotec system? – Thermotec systems are specially designed to evenly distribute the load over your roof, and do not normally need reinforcement.
A Thermotec Solar Hot Water system is not only a wise and significant purchase for saving the environment and conserving valuable natural resources, it is literally one of the only home projects that pays for itself immediately, with dramatically lower utility bills, and over time, by adding real value to your home. By owning your energy through solar, instead of leasing it through the power company, you are declaring your independence from often-hostile foreign suppliers of fossil fuels.
Australians are known worldwide for their independence. Independence is what has built this great country! One way we can demonstrate this basic element of our nation is through the conservation of energy. As fuel prices rise, as resources continue to deplete, as we are forced time after time to see the effects of our dependence on foreign nations for our energy, global events demonstrate the unsustainability of our present position. Our Commonwealth and local governments realize the desirability of moving towards sustainable, renewable energy sources, and continue to offer incentives to utilize and further develop these technologies.
Electricity is, and will continue to be, a modern-day necessity, but power production using current, fuel-based methods cause demonstrable harm to our health and our environment. The Thermotec system offers the cleanest and most efficient alternative currently available. Each Thermotec system installed means less carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur, and particulate matter is released into the atmosphere.
Quality and specifications of the Thermotec Solar Hot Water System:
- Thermotec Australia Pty Ltd. is Australian owned and operated
- This Thermotec system is frost tolerant to minus 20 degrees Celsius
- Our storage tank is manufactured from 2mm 316L stainless steel
- The outer casing of our tank is marine grade aluminium
- Stainless steel tank means no sacrificial anode, no corrosion
- Full copper plate collectors with latest technology, Titanium Oxide (TiNOX) surface
- The outer casing of the collectors is marine grade aluminium
- The system is complete with a T/A (thermosyphon) pressure valve to prevent overheating and leaking in the hot summer
- All fittings and connectors are copper and brass – no plastic – to prevent leaks and future parts failures
- Our Slimline, low weight tank means less weight and stress on your roof
- All Thermotec systems are manufactured to Australia / New Zealand standards and specifications
- Standard 10 year warranty on both the tank and collectors, for your peace of mind