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.

Can I Have a Solar Battery and Get a Feed-in Tariff in Sydney?

Many Australians with an interest in solar find the dynamics between batteries and feed-in tariffs confusing. This is completely normal. After all, it’s true that starting a solar installation project can be a little intimidating. Yes, installing a solar system can be great – but it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why now is a great time to look at the relationship between batteries and feed-in tariffs in Australia and ultimately how homeowners like yourself can achieve energy independence with a healthy home economy.

View our range of solar battery storage products here.

The Basics of Batteries, Feed-in Tariffs and The Home Economy in Sydney

Batteries: Solar panels generate energy during the day. As they do, the excess can be stored in a battery for later use, for when electricity is in need but the panels are not producing power/energy.

Feed-in tariffs: Feed-in tariffs are a credit that solar panel owners receive for any excess energy they generate with their panels that is then fed back to the grid.

Energy independence: We think of energy independence for homeowners as being in a position to rely on your own electricity generated from a solar system, and incorporating a battery to house excess energy production for use later (instead of sending excess energy back to the grid for a feed-in tariff).

The home economy: At Soltek we talk to our customers about the home economy. This is even more important to us than energy independence. The home economy is the idea that your home and its electricity usage is centred on power coming in versus costs going out. We think of power as a currency homeowners can use to reduce or remove grid costs. We encourage homeowners to not only think about installing solar, but also keep the bigger picture in mind. Focus on the production (PV Solar) of your power currency, how and when you use this power, whether storing your power (battery storage) works for you, and how you can reduce your current usage through solutions like heat pump hot water and heat pump pool heating as well as selecting energy-efficient devices for your home. All of this together allows your home economy to flourish.

Whether you want to plan out an efficient home economy or you prefer to install solar and receive credit from feed-in tariffs, this will be dependent on your specific circumstances.

The Choice Between Feed-in Tariffs or Battery Storage

It’s not critical to have a battery in order to gain access to a feed-in tariff. In fact, it’s not necessary to have a battery at all. In such cases, any excess energy will automatically be fed out to the grid. This said, many Aussies installing a solar system do find there’s value in having a battery. Furthermore, many Aussies that right now do not have a solar battery are looking to get one in future, once battery technology advances further.

So although it’s not a hard and fast choice, it’s instead one best thought of as being a question of strategy. It’s held as of December 2020 more than 2.66 million rooftop solar systems had been installed across Australia. Just as many millions more are set to be installed, existing solar installations will get added to, and otherwise modified in years ahead. For example, as well as adding a battery, it’s expected many homes will eventually install a charging station for an electric vehicle (EV) that is charged – at least in-part – by the solar installation.

The Case for Going Double

Installing a solar system is not about the benefits you get on day 1 of its use, but day 100, day 1,000, and so on. A solar system can drive down energy costs, and drive up the value of a property. In this regard, getting a battery will make the installation a bigger job, but it means the extra energy the panels generate can be stored, and then later utilised.

The Home Economy

The home economy (or business economy) is a renewable journey rather than just one step towards reduced power bills.

The benefits you get from solar, storage and efficient energy management in your home outweigh any benefits you can get from solar alone. It’s why we talk about an overall solution for the home economy, rather than just focusing on one aspect like solar or batteries.

Remember, the home economy brings together:

  • Production (PV Solar) of your power currency
  • Identifying how and when you use this power
  • Determining whether storing your power (battery storage) works for you
  • Investigating how you can reduce your current usage through more energy-efficient solutions like heat pump hot water and heat pump pool heating as well as energy-efficient devices and practices for your home.

A rich home economy means greater electricity savings and peace of mind knowing that your home is efficiently renewable.

Contact Soltek today to learn more about the home economy and how we can help you get to this position in your home or business.

Why Investing in a Battery is Starting to Make More Sense for Homeowners

It’s necessary to keep in mind that the solar industry is – notwithstanding its ongoing growth – subject to change when it comes to both batteries and feed-in tariffs. Put simply, batteries are getting better as time goes on. In turn, while many governments have sought to implement generous feed-in tariffs to incentivise installations in years prior, the sheer popularity of solar across Australia today means in future the rate of such feed-in tariffs will reduce, and eventually likely come to an end altogether.

This is why we believe relying on feed-in tariffs is not the optimum strategy for homeowners looking for energy independence or an efficient home economy. Depending on your circumstances, you may be better off with a battery to store excess electricity (for periods when no power is being produced) and find ways to minimise current usage.

Battery technology is advancing and has a great part to play in the home economy. Some are choosing to watch and wait for battery prices to come down and technology advancements to improve. But in the meantime they may be suffering from lower feed-in tariffs when they send their excess energy back to the grid. For many homeowners, a battery storage system would be a better option and lead to quicker system payback.

Alternatively, If you are interested in minimising your current energy usage, view our range of heat pump hot water systems, and our heat pump pool heating products here.

Where Can I Find Out More About Feed-in Tariffs and Excess Power Storage?

The Australian government has a good starting point for anyone looking to come up to speed on specific rates for feed-in tariffs across Australia. The precise rates for a feed-in tariff can vary across Australian states and territories, and from one energy provider to the next. Many people make use of energy price comparison websites to find a feed-in tariff they like.

It’s also useful to keep in mind that these feed-in tariffs can be subject to change. If you’re in Sydney and you find a tariff you like today, or want a solar battery storage system to store your excess energy instead of sending it back to the grid, simply talk to us today, we’d be more than happy to discuss battery options, feed-in-tariffs, or energy-saving solutions like heat pump systems that meet your specific needs and get you closer to an efficient home economy with less reliance on the grid.