2. ADAPT YOUR LIFESTYLE TO MAXIMIZE YOUR SAVINGS
Give the sun as much time as possible to heat the water. This may mean changing your families daily shower times.
Minimize the use of electricity to heat water. Only set your back up element to kick in when you need hot water.
Draw off the bulk of hot water at the same time each day - evening is usually best once the sun has had sufficient time to heat the water.
Realise that for there to be hot water the next morning again, the 2kW element will have to kick in if you have drained your geyser the previous evening.
Increase the capacity of your system if change is not an option, it is good to “upsize” or pre-heat. If you currently have a 150L electric geyser, then increase to a 200L solar geyser.
Set your timer/controller to suit your lifestyle. You may need to adjust it between summer and winter to ensure enough hot water.
4. BE AWARE OF THE CHANGING SEASONS
Our winters are cold, this means your savings will be less in winter than in summer.
You will rely more heavily on the back up element to heat your water during winter months.
Measure your savings as an average throughout the year, not only in winter.
Good news - Our winters are short.
| How Much Will I Save?
The question we get asked the most is, "How much will I really save?" To answer this we have put together a handy savings calculator that will give you reliable estimates based on your current bill.
As electricity tarrifs increase, so will your solar savings!
Your solar water heater is much more exposed to the elements than your electric geyser, this may require a small bit of maintenance e.g. hosing down your collector to ensure maximum efficiency.
The temperatures in your solar water heater are more extreme, we can’t control the sun on a hot day.
At Solarent™ we maintain the system for you for the duration of your rental agreement.
The water quality in your area may not be ideal; scale build up can be a problem.
3. MAINTENANCE ON YOUR SOLAR WATER HEATER
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| THINGS ABOUT SOLAR
1. SOLAR WATER HEATERS VERSUS ELECTRIC GEYSERS
Electric geysers have a 4 kW element versus the 2kW element (Eskom requirement) on solar geysers.
A solar geysers 2kW element is only switched on at certain times during the day, whereas electric geysers turn on the moment the geyser drops more than 6 degrees below the set temperature, so for example, if the geyser is set at 60 degrees, and you shower, resulting in the water temperature dropping below 50 degrees, then the element will kick in, bringing the geyser back to 60 degrees.
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