The first thing you think of when you think of solar water heating is the cost. Yes, the initial investment is a little steep, but so is most types of investment. Seychelles’ tropical climate means that temperature is consistently around 24-32°C, therefore there’s plenty of sunshine – ideal for solar panels.
If you’re having doubts about investing in one, here are a few reasons why you should at least consider making the switch:
Free and abundant
Solar energy is free and abundant. It has minimal carbon footprint. It is an excellent green alternative to gas as approximately 80% of the radiation is turned into heat energy. You will be doing your bit to reducing the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuel use.
In the long run, solar water heating is very cost-effective. As it replaces the energy you would otherwise be purchasing from the power company. The investment will eventually pay for itself in electricity savings and you will see a reduction in your total electricity bill if you continued using more or less the same energy. However, your savings may not be apparent immediately as it is a long-term investment.
Another added bonus to installing solar water heating is the minimal maintenance required. The recommended maintenance routine is every three years and you should get a qualified person to take a look.
Overall, the solar water heating is a great way to combine good financial management with environmental conservation practice.