SO­LAR FACTS

Finweek English Edition - - MONEY -

A 200litre Kwik­sol geyser costs R18 000 – R20 000. I nstal­la­tion costs R3 500 – R4 500. On over­cast days the geyser can be switched from so­lar to draw on elec­tric power for heat­ing. So­lar heaters should not be in­stalled by fam­i­lies that tend to draw most of their hot water dur­ing the mid­dle of the day. The Government re­bate is R6 000 (ap­plies only to reg­is­tered plumbers). FOR HO­TELS AND GUEST­HOUSES: Heat pumps cost R10 000 per unit. In­stal­la­tion costs R3 000. The ad­van­tage of heat pumps are that hot water can be drawn by guests through­out the day, and are oth­er­wise pre­ferred by those who feel roof in­stal­la­tions are un­sightly.

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