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Pros and Cons of Solar Geyser Systems

By November 20, 2018 No Comments

In the past property owners had the choice of which energy source to use when it comes to water heaters. Nowadays, legislation in South Africa states that at least 50% of your water heater needs to be some form of renewable energy.

This new legislation leaves you with two options – gas or solar. While gas geysers only produce about 30% of the greenhouse gas emissions of electric water heaters they still require the purchase of gas to keep it running. Solar geysers, however, only requires a once-off investment which after it will provide you with almost 90% of your hot water needs daily.

As South Africans, we are lucky that we receive year-round sunshine which makes the option of a solar geyser even more attractive. Below are the pros and cons of choosing solar geysers.

Pros of Solar Geysers

  • A solar geyser can help you save up to 90% on your water heating costs. It also lowers your energy bill significantly and doesn’t require a mains connection.
  • Free and renewable energy at all times – solar geysers will continue to heat your water even on cloudy days.
  • Solar power reduces our dependence on fossil fuels, allowing us to use renewable energy that would have been wasted otherwise.
  • It also limits smoke, gas and chemical by-products.
  • The quality of the water doesn’t influence the solar geyser system.
  • Since you don’t have to rely on electricity to supply the hot water, it will benefit homes with no access to electricity.
  • Solar heating systems are strong and weather resistant. Tubes are able to withstand frost and hail.

Cons of Solar Geysers

  • It requires an upfront investment that can be costly to some
  • Routine maintenance on the valves are needed, but not on the system itself.

As you can see the pros of installing a solar geyser in your home far outweigh the cons. For more information or if you are interested in a free quote, speak to the team at Nupower today.