So­lar hot wa­ter good for ev­ery­one

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

In New Zealand, so­lar ra­di­a­tion is an abun­dant en­ergy source. Many homes are ex­posed an­nu­ally to 20 to 30 times more en­ergy from the sun than they use in elec­tric­ity or gas.

So­lar pan­els have many ben­e­fits of which the most com­mon is to pro­vide homes with both light and warmth. How­ever, there is sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial for pro­vid­ing hot wa­ter as well.

So­lar wa­ter sys­tems can pro­vide re­li­able hot wa­ter in times of elec­tric­ity short­age and Us­ing so­lar heat­ing could save you money in the long run. con­trib­ute to the low­er­ing of elec­tric­ity costs.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits are also sig­nif­i­cant. If each house­hold in New Zealand had its own so­lar wa­ter heater, car­bon diox­ide emis­sions from elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion would be re­duced by about 2 mil­lion tonnes per year. Us­ing so­lar wa­ter heat­ing more widely through­out New Zealand would also take a huge load off our other en­ergy re­sources.

So­lar wa­ter heat­ing sys­tems are com­monly in­stalled in both new and ex­ist­ing houses and are in­te­grated with house­hold elec­tric­ity and gas sup­plies. Good house de­sign can also re­sult in less heat­ing costs in win­ter. Sup­plied


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