Solar hot water good for everyone
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