Updated: May 4
Something Troy and I have talked about so many times.
Many people do not realize that they are running their Solar Hot Water off its back-up power all the time, making the "solar" part of the system ineffective.
The "back-up" power has heated the water before the SUN has had a chance to have a go first, therefore, making it a costly electric hot water system.
There are 3 main ways to use your back-up heating system, always after the Sun has a go first.
1. You can turn on/off the hot water circuit breaker in your switchboard like a light switch.
2. You can install an internal booster switch (like a light switch), so you can turn the power on as needed,
3. You can automate the process with a timer switch that takes all the thinking out of it for you. (Sears Solar recommends this option)
While growing up in my home, we had option 2, a switch on the kitchen wall with a light on it to show when it was on, and Mum would set the oven timer.
I remember the switch being left on accidentally a few times over the years when the oven timer went off unnoticed, and Mum would quickly rush to turn it off to stop wasting power. It was something we hardly ever used, only a handful of times during winter.
If you're not sure how to effectively use your Solar Hot Water or want it automated, give us a call on 07 2103 5099. We are passionate about helping people and restoring faith in the Solar Hot Water Industry.
Please note – A properly installed and working Solar Hot Water system will heat your water to approximately of 60°C on most systems on a sunny 24°C day in Brisbane.
With options 1 & 2, according to the law, it's essential to heat your Solar Hot Water system to 60°C on overcast days and to avoid the possibility of Legionella growing in your hot water tank.
This is where automating your system with a timer makes sense as it takes out all the guesswork, maintains a steady supply of hot water on demand while maximizing your savings on hot water bills.