Why Cheap Solar Hot Water Rebates May Not Be Worth It
Author: Sunergy Solar Date Posted:28 February 2023
Solar hot water rebates are government incentives aimed at promoting the use of renewable energy sources. Although the initial cost of a solar hot water system may appear low at $300, there are several factors to consider before making a decision on whether these rebates are worth the investment in the long term. Here's what to keep in mind.
Total System Cost
While the $300 rebate may seem appealing, it is only a fraction of the total cost of installing a solar hot water system. The full cost of installation can range from $4,000 to $6,000 or more, depending on the size of the system, the type of collectors used, and the complexity of the installation. Furthermore, plumbing, electrical work, and permit expenses may add thousands of dollars to the overall cost.
The quality of the solar hot water system is another crucial factor to consider. A poorly designed, constructed, or installed system may not perform effectively or could even pose a safety hazard. A $300 offer may attract homeowners to purchase a low-quality system that may not last as long or may require frequent repairs or replacement. Additionally, it's important to remember that solar hot water systems only provide hot water and do not produce electricity, and the amount of hot water produced depends on factors such as sunlight availability, the angle and orientation of the collectors, and the size of the hot water tank.
The durability of solar hot water systems is another factor to keep in mind. These systems are exposed to weather conditions and may be damaged by high winds, heavy snow, or hail. The typical lifespan of a solar hot water system is 10-15 years, after which the system may need to be replaced. While a $300 offer may seem like a good deal initially, it may not offset the costs of replacing a system that has failed after only a few years of use.
Choose Reputable Brands and Accredited Installers
To ensure a good investment, choose reputable brands and accredited installers. Research brands online and look for those with good performance, durability, and customer satisfaction ratings. Look for brands with a strong reputation and a locally-run customer service team for added peace of mind. When it comes to installation, it is important to choose an accredited installer with a team of Clean Energy Council accredited designers and specialists in renewable energy, electrical engineering, and solar energy.
In conclusion, while a $300 solar hot water rebate may seem attractive, there are several factors to consider before making a decision. It's important to weigh the total cost of installation, the quality and durability of the system, and the reputation of the brand and installer. Contact Sunergy for advice and to understand the real cost and benefits of a solar hot water system investment.