After all, it wasn’t that long ago that affordable instant heating was, quite literally, a pipe dream. Who could forget those childhood struggles when you’d hop in the shower, turn on the tap and realise that all the hot water was gone…in the most unpleasant way possible.
Whilst the 21st century has almost completely eradicated that little problem – the fact remains that heating water isn’t cheap. Hot water generally accounts for at least 25% of a household’s energy bills - a pretty fair whack for something nobody wants to live without. In an era of spiraling energy costs, and at a time when we’re all becoming more aware of the environmental impact of our power consumption, moving towards renewable solutions that run at a cinch is the way the wind is blowing.
A quality solar hot water system can save you upto 90% of your hot water costs and help the environment in the process. The G-Store team have been experts in solar hot water for over a decade and will happily advise you on the system most suitable for your home. We'll also help you claim your STCs – the generous government rebate that rewards your home or small business for installing a solar hot water system.
Where traditional electric hot water functions by using your home’s power source to heat your water, solar hot water systems harness the power of the sun. There are three kinds of solar hot water: Evacuated Tubes, Roof Mounted Close Coupled Systems, and Ground Mounted Split Systems. The latter two use flat panels, and the difference between them is where the system is mounted. As the names suggest, you can mount your system on the roof, or on the ground. Whilst roof-mounted solar hot water is the conventional way to go, having the capacity to mount your system on the ground offers flexibility for homes that may not have the correct amount of roof space or the right type of roof to hold a full system. Evacuated tubes are only able to be roof mounted
Flat panel systems work by harnessing sunlight as it passes over them, and are generally installed to ensure that they’re facing the sun during peak daylight hours. Evacuated tubes, on the other hand, aren’t panels at all. Instead, they’re a series of vertical, interconnected tubes that, due to their circular shape, harvest sunlight at all angles during the day. Both systems operate by collecting sunlight through the tubes or panels respectively, and then transferring that heat into a tank - ensuring you always have a ready supply of hot water when you need it, in the most energy and cost efficient way possible.
The Victorian Solar Hot Water Rebate is worth $1,000 and is available to the first 6,000 homes to install a solar hot water system. A solar hot water system is a great option for homes that already have a solar PV system and are looking to become more energy independent, or for homes where installing a solar system isn’t possible. Even better – if you installed a solar hot water system after August 19, 2018 and weren’t aware of the Solar Homes PV rebate; you’re still eligible to claim!
Evacuated tube solar hot water systems are the premium in energy efficient and environmentally friendly water heating. The insulated glass pipes are designed to draw heat from the sun at a range of angles as it passes over your home, ensuring a ready supply of hot water in all weather. The system comes with a roof-mounted tank to hold your supply of hot water and keep it ready for when you need it most.
Flat panel solar hot water systems offer flexibility for homes big and small. The panels work a bit like standard solar PV panels, drawing heat from the sun during peak periods to offer you a ready supply of hot water. The tank can be mounted on your roof or on the ground, offering you the ability to make the most of your space. Flat panel solar hot water systems are more affordable than evacuated tubes, opening up the savings on offer from solar hot water systems to more homes and families. G-Store has a range of split system and close-coupled systems, and our team is on hand to tailor a solution for your homes or business.
The Victorian Solar Hot Water Rebate is worth $1,000 and is available to the first 6,000 homes to install a solar hot water system. A solar hot water system is a great option for homes that already have a solar PV system and are looking to become more energy independent, or for homes where installing a solar system isn’t possible. Even better – if you installed a solar hot water system after August 19, 2018 and weren’t aware of the rebate; you’re still eligible to claim!
G-Store Solar have done a great job. Adam provided excellent advice during the quotation phase and his planning (positioning and orientation of arrays, prediction of generation) was very detailed. They use high quality products that do cost a bit more. We went with a 15.4 kW system consisting of 44 x...
Great prices and great service. They exceeded my expectations when Dale took photos of the unit and emailed them to me so I could claim my cashback. All communications were very quick. Glad to see an Australian business that understands how the online shopping experience should operate!!
We came across G-Store Solar through SolarQuotes and it was the fourth company we chose to obtain a quote for our residential home solar system. G-Store came highly recommended on SolarQuotes and in addition to being a Clean Energy Council approved solar retailer, G-Store Solar are also a LG Platinum...
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