In our quest to transition Healesville into a Net Zero town, we have embarked on a Community Solar Hot Water Bulk Buy with Reclaim Energy, a supplier of heat pumps, and Apricus, a supplier of evacuated tubes. These two solar systems are incredibly efficient at producing hot water for homes and businesses for less cost.
Hot water heating in our region is expensive, often relying on inefficient electric hot water systems that generate high amounts of climate pollution. Switching to an energy efficient hot water system will save you money and benefit the environment.
There’s never been a better time to replace your hot water system. The Victorian Government has added a further rebate to already generous subsidies. Households now have an opportunity to purchase an energy efficient hot water system at an upfront price that’s competitive with traditional systems. That means you’ll have low upfront costs, and immediate cost savings.
We want to make sure that communities in our town make the most of this opportunity, securing cost savings, reducing climate pollution, and creating a healthy electricity network, all at the same time.
Model type: REHP-CO2-315GL (315 enamel tank with Co2 natural refrigerant system)
A heat pump functions like an air conditioner in reverse. Instead of an inefficient electric heating element it uses heat pump technology to extract energy from the air to heat the water.
Five key points for the Reclaim CO2 heat pump
Up to five times more efficient than electric hot water tanks;
Smart controller to integrate with your household and optimize performance;
Pair it with solar PV for even greater cost savings: the heat pump is equivalent to a 4 kW battery storage system;
Reduces your water heating carbon emissions by up to 80% (100% is achievable if integrated with solar);
Product warranty of up to 15 years.
The Reclaim heat pump is a quiet system and the best performing heat pump in cooler climates like ours. It uses carbon dioxide, as a refrigerant, rather than toxic refrigerants.
To find out more about the Reclaim CO2 Heat Pump click here to view the brochure
or visit the Reclaim Energy website.
Model type: AE-315-GL-BOT-30 (315 litre enamel tank with 30 tubes and network power boosted)
These tubes produce hot water from solar energy. The tubes are designed to passively track the sun, up to 95% of the solar energy they capture.
Five key points for the Apricus Evacuated Tube Solar Hot Water System
Heat using free energy from the sun.
Reduce your energy consumption by up to 80% by replacing your existing electric hot water unit;
Reduce hot water emissions by between 60-90%;
High performance in cold weather with in-built frost protection, hail resistance, and cyclone rated mounting frames;
Up to 15-year warranty
We have some of the best solar resources in the country and Apricus Evacuated Tube Solar Hot Water Systems assists homeowners to capitalize on that. The tube collectors are designed to passively track the sun, but they’re also designed for our cold winters, rated to handle frost down to -15°C.
To find our more about the Apricus Evacuated Tube Solar Hot Water System click here to view the brochure
or visit the Apricus website.
Pricing will vary based on where you are, your current system, and the requirements for system install.
Approximate price including install for the Reclaim CO2 Heat Pump: $2000 – 2200
Approximate price including install for the Apricus Evacuated Tube Solar Hot Water: $3000-$3,100
Prices include subsidies for the replacement of a standard electric element hot water system, and also Solar Victoria Hot Water Rebate of $1,000
Click to register your interest for a free no obligation discussion about your solar hot water needs.
If you decide to go ahead you can click on Book a Home Visit and pay a Community fee of $50 to help Healesville CoRE with our community work.
Reclaim Energy and Apricus installation partners will be in touch to arrange a free site inspection. A local plumber and electrician will conduct a site inspection and you’ll receive a quote.
A local plumber and electrician will install your system.
You can claim the relevant Government subsidies yourself or get help from the Reclaim Energy or Apricus rep who will assist you with the relevant government subsidies. OR one of our installers will take care of the subsidies for you. You can choose which way to do this.
Your system is installed and you can sit back and enjoy low cost, low carbon, hot water.