Solar Water Heating and Solar Geysers in Cape Town with Condor Solar Energy Solutions
Solar Water Heating is the most obvious benefit of solar energy technology and the first thing that people think of when it comes to harnessing the free energy that is provided by our fantastic South African climate.
A solar geyser should be your first step in reducing your overall electricity usage and your monthly energy costs.
There are two main Solar Water Heating Systems:
- ThermoSyphon Systems - no leaks into the house, less to go wrong, less moving parts, slightly cheaper
- Pumped Systems - Aesthetically more pleasing
Two types of Solar Collectors - This is the unit that harnesses the sun's energy to heat the water.
All Solar collectors have a warranty period of between 5 and 10 years. Bear in mind that the return on your investment (ROI) in solar water heating is between 18 and 36 months.
- Flat plates - slightly cheaper
- Evacuated Tubes - 15-20% more effective, used predominantly when you cannot use a north facing roof
Solar Geysers vary in size between 100 and 300 litre capacity and your choice will depend on the size of your household and the normal seasonal demand usage of hot water per household. A special solar ready geyser has to be used.
You are able however to retrofit an electric Kwikot geyser that is less than 5 years old for use in a solar water heating system. Solar geysers only form one part of a solar water heating system.
Savings with Condor Solar Water Heating Systems
Generally one is able to save between 70 and 90% of your water heating electricity bill which represents 30 to 50% of your household electricity bill.
It is for this reason that Solar Water Heating is becoming the only sensible option for households facing high and rising electricity costs.
Eskom Solar Water Heating Rebate programme
You may also be able to take advantage of the Eskom Solar Water Heating Rebate programme while it lasts. This represents a lumps sum discount of between R5000 to R10000 depending on the solar water heating system installed.