August 2016

Solar Water Heating in South Africa

Solar heating is also commonly referred to as solar water heating, largely because it is used to heat water for washing and showering. In South Africa, which is blessed by prevalent sunshine, solar water heating can provide up to 80% of hot water energy needs and significantly reduce electricity bills.

Advantages of solar water heaters

  • Solar energy is free and clean: solar water heaters save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Solar water heating systems are perfect for generating hot water where no electrical back up available.
  • Solar heaters are easy to maintain.

Solar heating: more affordable than you think

A primary concern regarding the installation of solar heating systems is cost. Previously, the costs of solar energy were prohibitively high, but with technological advancements and an increasing awareness of the need to alleviate dependence on commercial energy sources, the average price of a solar heating system has decreased dramatically.

Studies have proven that solar heating systems have a payback time of 3-5 years depending on the system, which may seem like a long time until you consider what those savings mean to your monthly expenditure. By supplementing your electricity needs with solar heating you can save up to 60% off your monthly electricity bill.