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Solar Hot Water Buyers Guide

Installing a renewable energy system at home to help reduce household bills and greenhouse gas emissions is more popular than ever in Victoria, with significant rebates available to help you save even more.

Date:
October 2020
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Installing a renewable energy system at home to help reduce household bills and greenhouse gas emissions is more popular than ever in Victoria, with significant rebates available to help you save even more. Rebates are available for solar panel (PV) systems for both householders and rental properties, hot water systems such as solar hot water or heat pump hot water systems, and for solar batteries. Interest-free loans are also available for solar panel (PV) systems to help further reduce the initial cost.

To get the most out of your system it needs to be planned and installed properly. A well-designed system can help lower your household bills as much as possible, helping you to get the most benefit out of the rebates available to you. Choose quality parts and components, and a reputable retailer and installer for a system that serves your household for many years to come. It’s also crucial that you use an authorised solar retailer and an approved product to be eligible for a rebate.

This Hot Water Buyers Guide was produced in conjunction with non-profit organisation Renew to help you plan the right system for your home. This guide includes the types of solar hot water systems available and factors to consider when making a purchase. Read through the guide, do your homework and seek out independent advice, including visiting www.solar.vic.gov.au, before contacting retailers for quotes. When you’re confident that you’ve found the right retailer and product for you, you can use their quote to begin applying for eligibility for a rebate.

Solar Hot Water checklist: What to consider before buying a system

  • Check your eligibility for the Hot Water rebate
  • Heat pumps are covered by the rebate, too
  • Differences between heat pump and solar hot water
  • What size system suits your household?
  • Learn about tank types
  • Split or close-coupled solar hot water?
  • Will I boost with gas or electricity?
  • Find a reputable installer
  • Get a good warranty
  • Not for you? Improve your current system

Reviewed 24 February 2021