As winter approaches and temperatures drop, many Australians are concerned that cold weather will see their energy bills rise. When the time comes, you want to be sure that you and your family have the best possible system to satisfy your hot water needs – not to mention saving you money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions along the way!

A growing number of Australians are considering heat pump hot water systems over gas or electricity. Much like solar water heating, the heat pump hot water system is a new and efficient development in the hot water sector. So efficient in fact that you will reduce your energy costs up to 3 times compared to that of conventional electric and gas water heaters.

What are the benefits of using AquaHeat All-In-One Heat Pump?


  • Reduce energy costs up to 3 times compared to conventional electric and gas water heaters.
  • Registered Clean Energy product with annual carbon reduction rating of 3 tonnes.
  • Real time power usage monitoring capability means households can now take control of their power bills.
  • Integrate and maximise your PV with in-built timer controlled heat up cycles.
  • Dual heating technology with incorporated electric element to provide hot water up to 70°c
  • Smart touch screen controller makes optimising the system easier than ever.
  • R290 natural refrigerant with zero global warming potential compared to synthetic.
  • Eligible for solar and heat pump water heater rebates schemes such as STC & NSW ESS.
  • (STCs subject to change and approximate STCs are STC= 25 (Z1) , 25 (Z2), 30 (Z3), 31 (Z4), 31 (Z5)


AquaHeat All-In-One Heat Pump comes with a free app!


The HotWaterHub App is the first heat pump in the market with an Australian Owned Mobile App and allows you to access:

  • Operational data monitoring including tank temperature and heat pump
  • Total power usage
  • Data on the physical controller as well as the mobile app
  • Easy fault finding and troubleshooting using historical data
  • Operational mode, setting the unit on a timer, and
  • Temperature monitoring ALL by using the mobile app remotely.


How many years does a good quality heat pump last?


A good quality heat pump can last for years, and even more than a decade. But it’s important to make sure that it’s being treated correctly and maintained well. The closer you follow the care and maintenance instructions for the heat pump, and the more careful you are with how it’s used, the more likely it will be that the heat pump will last for a long time.

As always, it is essential you check the warranty information of any brand or product you choose to work with.

The AquaHeat All-In-One Heat Pump has an extensive 6 Years Warranty that gives you peace-of-mind knowing that all system parts, tank in full and labour charges are covered.


Contact us for expert all-in-one heat pump advice


If you’re thinking about using the new All-In-One Heat Pump by AquaHeat in your home, you’re definitely not alone. More homeowners are looking at better ways that a heat pump can save them big money on their power bills and provide them with quality, value, and plenty of hot water.

If you’re considering whether a heat pump is right for your needs, talk to the Soltek team today.

Why $0 Cost Installations Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be


When it comes to $0 cost solar installations the old adage “free is expensive” can really ring true. There’s no controversy surrounding the fact in a free country businesses can put forward whatever kind of offer they want to the market, provided it doesn’t break any laws. But that doesn’t mean a lot of the offers out there are actually a good idea for you to take up. Unfortunately, many keen to get solar products at a cut-price cost have been stung by this reality.


It’s not hard to understand why. While most solar installers in Australia are quality businesses that seek to really deliver for their customers, unfortunately, there’s a small but noticeable number of operations that engage in some questionable practices. For any of our readers currently considering a solar installation, it’s important to know some of the issues that can exist surrounding $0 cost installations. 


A Cloudy Future With Low-Quality Solar 


Australia is right now in the midst of a massive solar installation boom. We’ve seen installation records broken from one year to the next. It’s held we have the highest uptake of rooftop solar globally. But sadly for no small number of Aussies who’ve encountered a dodgy installer, there’s been little cause for celebration. 


With a new rooftop solar system in place, you should be looking forward to all the benefits that can flow from having panels generating power on your rooftop. But for those who’ve gotten a low-quality rooftop installation from a questionable installer, a different journey can unfold. 


Often before long – and sometimes even immediately following – a low-quality rooftop installation, a painful process kicks off. One where the system fails to perform properly – and perhaps even at all! – and the installer is no help in addressing the customer’s concern. This can effectively leave the household stuck with a junker of a system. 


Sometimes a quality solar installer may be able to step in and help correct some problems. But often, the only way for a household with a low-quality solar product to have one that performs well is to simply rip out the previous installation and get a new one in its place from a quality solar installer. This is not a pleasant path, but it’s commonly the only option available if the customer is intent on (finally!) getting a solar installation that works properly.


Questionable and Quality Solar Installers Compared


There’s a number of signs to watch out for that could point to a questionable solar installer:


  • If $0 install offers are tied to low-quality products. 
  • If the business is flippant or disinterested when it comes to any queries about meeting electrical standards. 
  • Also, if the customer service is poor. 


Unfortunately if any of these signs – and certainly all of them together – are present, it’s an indication the solar installer could be sub-standard. 


By contrast, a quality solar installer will:


  • Offer quality solar products exclusively. 
  • Look to ensure their customer service is great all the way through – not only when they’re discussing a sale! 
  • Be happy to answer any questions. 
  • Be pleased to tell you about how they’re a Clean Energy Council accredited installer. 


Finally, if there are any issues that arise after the solar installation – and this can happen in very rare instances due to an installation mistake or a manufacturer’s defect that results in improper performance, leaks, or similar issues –  a quality solar installer will be happy to discuss the ways to try and address it.


Soltek provides quality brands, expert advice and consultations on solar solutions in Sydney for commercial and residential properties.


The Foundations of a Great Solar Installer


You may be tempted by a $0 installation because you are keen to get solar, but are finding the upfront commitments a challenge. If this is the case for you, it can be useful to learn about green loans. A number of them exist across Australia. They could offer you an avenue to explore in seeking to obtain a solar installation while avoiding the issues that can accompany a $0 installation offer.


At the end of the day, a quality solar installer will not cost $0. But that’s the whole point. We deliver excellent service and products. What we will not deliver is constant headaches and frustration to solar buyers. So in an industry where “free is expensive” can really ring true, a quality solar installer will always represent great value. 


Soltek Energy strives to achieve excellence in total solar solutions in Sydney and we focus on delivering the highest quality of professionalism to our customers. Contact us today!

Is a North-Facing Home Vital for a Rooftop Solar System?


Rooftop solar systems are truly fantastic, and all can recognise the great benefits they offer. From the capacity to cut energy costs, to provide an off-grid backup in the event of power failure, to the contribution they can make to a cleaner and greener world – to name just a few! Yet although many of the benefits of rooftop solar are commonly known, all the ins and outs of installation are not as well understood.


This is a real shame, as many people stall on getting a system – that they’ll ultimately find amazing – because some misconceptions and unknowns about solar hold back progress. A common example of this surrounds north-facing homes and solar systems. So let’s unpack this now. We’ll go through the essential info you need to understand about north-facing homes, and their solar capacity.


Why North-Facing is So Notable


Many of our readers will already know that a north-facing home can be ideal. For anyone that is yet to come across why that’s the case – or is perhaps just keen on a refresher – a quick recap of why this is so will be useful. North-facing homes are very desirable due to the higher level of direct sunlight they can receive in comparison to other facings. In particular, any home that is exactly 10 degrees east of due north is held to have the ideal facing


It’s why from a real estate perspective any residence that is north-facing – or northeast-facing – will typically go to market with its orientation as a key selling point. Other facings are certainly not horrific necessarily, but the north and northeast-facing remain the most appealing overall. 


Why it Matters for Rooftop Solar Installations 


Because north-facing homes are held to be the best to receive direct sunlight, many potential solar adopters infer that a north-facing residence will be best for solar panels too. In turn, those residences which are not north-facing will be at a disadvantage when seeking to get a rooftop solar system. Although there are aspects of this perspective that are accurate, there’s also shades of grey in it.


While north-facing installations can be great, the precise benefits they provide in comparison to solar installations that are on another facing – such as a north-west one – can be a far closer competition than many may otherwise imagine. In particular, the level of energy a household aspires to export, as opposed to utilising for their own consumption, is a consideration. 


An Array of Options


Recent years have seen the feed-in tariff (FIT) diminished across multiple Australian jurisdictions. Overall, there’s a number of reasons why this has been occurring. Yet a key driver of it is the aspiration of authorities to reduce the sending of excess energy from rooftop solar installations to the grid so as to reduce the risk of blackouts. Due to this reduction in the FIT, a recalculation surrounding which facing can be ideal for a household has been required.


Overall north-facing panels will produce the most electricity overall. But a system with a western orientation will produce more electricity in the afternoon, yet less in the morning. For those who utilise a lot of electricity in the afternoon – or can devise a smart plan to do so to take advantage of the self-consumption opportunity a rooftop system offers – a western orientation can be very serviceable. 


Furthermore, a system with a north-west facing will in effect offer the advantages (and disadvantages) of both aforementioned orientations. A north-west setup will produce slightly less power than a north-facing one, but still more than a western one. In turn, while a north-west facing won’t generate as much energy as a western-facing setup in the afternoon, it’ll still obtain more than a northern one. Similar trade-offs apply when it comes to east and north-east orientated rooftop solar systems. 


Facing up to an Issue


It’s important to keep in mind that solar installations are not simply ‘set and forget’ jobs. It’s necessary to do regular checks and maintenance to ensure the panels continue to operate as they should. For example, a regular cleaning – with many businesses recommending one occur every six months – should be done. As a result of this, it’s useful to remember any solar household that is (now) unhappy with the facing of their panels may have the potential to address the issue.


Solar panels can be repositioned for a variety of reasons. For example, if a tree has grown tall and shaded the panels – but the owners don’t wish to remove that tree – then repositioning them could be possible. Ideally, upon installation, the panels would have already been put in their optimal position not only for the current time but with a view to the future. But if a repositioning is now desirable, a quality solar installer should be able to discuss options further.


The Ideal Orientation


At the end of the day, the ideal orientation for a rooftop solar system can depend on many factors. It’s vital you understand while a north-facing setup can certainly be desirable, it’s not by default essential – or perhaps even ideal. Especially after the reduction of the FIT in recent years. Ultimately, the best path for your household to learn what solar setup may be ideal for your home is by contacting a trusted solar installer. The same applies when it comes to discussing options surrounding a repositioning of the panels, should that become desirable going forward. At Soltek Energy we are dedicated to providing you with the best solar solutions and the best advice in Australia. Get in touch with us today for your solar energy needs.