With the cost of electricity rising significantly in the last few decades, installing a robust solar hot water system can be a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to produce a continuous supply of warm water for your home.

They can be used in any climate and are a viable option for use in many Australian commercial and residential properties. A solar hot water fittings consists of two chief parts; a sequence of solar panels and a storage tank.

In two-tank systems, the solar heater preheats water before it is passed to the conventional water tank. As an alternative, there are also one-tank systems where a backup heater is combined with the solar heater. Once the system is installed it will collect heat from the sun and in turn heat your water.

Although solar hot water systems will typically cost more to buy and install than conventional systems they can be used to save cash in the long run.

The amount of savings you will save will depend on many factors including the quantity of hot water you use, your geographic location, and the charge of traditional energy like gas and electricity in your area.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of the system, the solar panels should be installed so that they are south facing and so receive the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day.

If you are considering installing a solar water heating system and you live in Australia then you may qualify for a government rebate towards the cost of it. There are many companies that specialize in installing this type of system and which help you claim this rebate.