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Ask RiotACT: Switching from gas to solar hot water

Tommo83 2 April 2018 13

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Hello Riot land.

We are interested in switching our gas hot water system to solar.  

Just interested to hear other experiences from people who may have done this recently. Any tips or recommendations? What sort of money did people save?

Thanks.


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13 Responses to Ask RiotACT: Switching from gas to solar hot water
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Tim Thornley Tim Thornley 2:47 am 04 Apr 18

I made the switch a few years ago and got the gas disconnected. My system is SolarArc. It has a timer on the electric boost. We only need the boost for about 5 weeks either side of the shortest day in June plus the odd very cloudy few days in a row. Even then the sun does a lot of the work.

Sarelle Woodward Sarelle Woodward 6:12 pm 03 Apr 18

Don't do it. The HWS I got is known for not coping in sub zero temps. The tubes split and now I have a couple of thousand dollars worth of metal sitting on my roof. And the installers don't tell you.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 10:15 pm 03 Apr 18

    I thought that was why the pump pumps hot water up to the tubes on cold night to stop this. Mine does this and after a few years no problems yet. Is yours pumping up to the roof at night?

    Tim Thornley Tim Thornley 2:48 am 04 Apr 18

    Agree with Julie. Your controler is not doing it's job

Mary Kingsford Mary Kingsford 10:21 am 03 Apr 18

Switched from electric hot water to solar hot water, cut my electricity bill in half.

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