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Tips for Solar Hot Water Systems during Winter

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Solar System Hervey Bay

Most of us don’t think about our hot water system functioning… until it doesn’t. Solar hot water systems are increasingly popular but during the cooler months of the year with less sun, they usually need an electric or gas booster back-up. This can increase your electricity or gas bill so one way of helping reduce these costs is to turn the booster off and only turn it on when required. For solar systems in Hervey Bay, Queensland has an abundance of sunshine throughout most of the year so you don’t have to worry about pipes freezing. There are tips for ensuring that you maximise use of your solar hot water system such as cutting back any foliage or trees that cast shadows or block the sunlight from reaching the solar panels. Checking the panels and ensuring that they are maintained and clean is important for driving the collection of sunlight to the optimum and additionally, use the booster only on days which are cloudy or wet. It is wise to use your dishwasher and washing machine during the day while there is some sunshine rather than at night when the solar hot water system won’t be reheated until the next day. With quality insulation, sunlight will still be able to heat your water but keep in mind that diffused light or low sunlight on cloudy days will reduce the capacity for the panels to absorb sunlight and thus heat your water.

Selecting Your Solar System Hervey Bay

If you are looking for solar systems in Hervey Bay, there are factors to consider when selecting the right system for you as well as the service and installation. Deciding on the type of panels you require to suit your household usage and the roof space that you have is highly-integral. If you have limited roof space for solar systems in Hervey Bay, then choosing mono-crystalline solar panels are highly-efficient. Technological advancements made with polycrystalline panels means these can also be efficient for household use and even if you do have enough roof space for plenty of panels, you want to ensure that they are efficient panels otherwise it is a waste of money putting too many inefficient panels over your roof space. Quality solar systems in Hervey Bay are wind-certified so they can withstand storms and high winds; the mounting system of your solar panels is crucial to having a proper structure and set up for solar. To complete the set up aside from the solar panels, you need a power inverter which is connected between the panels and your household electricity so that it converts DC power to AC electricity. The type of inverter will directly impact on the efficiency of your solar system as you don’t want wastage of solar energy. Additionally, another factor to consider is the length of the manufacturer’s warranty; manufacturers of quality solar systems will offer a lengthy warranty and it is reasonable to expect that your solar system in Hervey Bay will last decades. Working out your budget is also integral when seeking a solar system; you want a realistic budget but still to obtain a quality system that will last the time. Seeking recommendations from friends, family, neighbours and colleagues is also a good way to know which company to utilise for your solar system in Hervey Bay and also Google search for reviews. Testimonials tell you a lot about a company. It is also often wise to avoid pushy salespeople and focus on the customer service of the company and representative you are liaising with. Do they appear knowledgeable and competent in the industry? Are they certified and insured? What is their timeframe for delivery and installation? These are all good questions to ask when considering a solar system company.

Cleaning Your Solar Panels

If you have a solar system in Hervey Bay and want to ensure that it is maintained, contact a professional to have them check out if the panels are clean and functioning correctly. Always remember though, safety first. If you need to climb up on your roof, be cautious and only do so in a safe and secure manner. Your handbook or manual that should have come with the solar system will have recommendations on cleaning and it is not recommended to clean during a bright, hot day; pick a cooler day or clean the panels early in the morning or in the late afternoon. Avoid using abrasive products for removing dirt because these can scratch the panels’ glass and this will impact upon their performance. If you live in a highly-polluted area, wash your panels regularly to keep them performing at their optimum. For solar systems in Hervey Bay, contact GCR Electrical Services to assist you with your energy needs.

Since buying a newly built house in Hervey Bay we have used grc to install our solar panels, air conditioners, to increase the number of TV connections and many more power points. We have found that not only was their service top shelf but the guys who did the work were exceptionally helpful and very polite. In summing up it is easy to see why this company is so successful when you look at the people you deal with from Gary and Christabelle down to the young fella who takes his boots off before walking in the door. I would highly recommend this company.
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Danny Meredith
2 weeks ago
I would highly recommend GCR Electrical Systems to anyone wanting solar installed. Right from first contact to installation is very professional. A very professional team that turns up when they say they would. Excellent job.
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Ken McIntosh
2 weeks ago
GCR Electric did a fantastic job replacing our solar panels. The job was extremely difficult due to high slippery roof. I would recommend GCR for any electrical job. Guys were friendly and professional.
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Philip last
2 weeks ago
We have just had a Solar System installed by GCR Electrical Systems. From the first time we met Gary he was very professional and explained all of our options to us so we could decide which System was suitable for us. The installation was very prompt and professionally done. I would recommend Gary and Christabelle to anyone who needs any electrical work done.
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Linda Borg
3 weeks ago
Really happy with the service & quality of my solar install! Great value for great product👍Have recommended GCR to anyone for all electrical & solar Requirements.
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Jay
3 weeks ago
GCR - professional, courteous and just great to deal with!! We use GCR for all our electrical needs from general electrical work, to solar and air conditioner installation. Gary is a very knowledgeable electrician, especially with regards to solar. Highly recommend.
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Jen Ferris
3 weeks ago
Gary and his team came highly recommend to us when we moved to Hervey Bay a couple of years ago, we had quite a lot of electrical jobs to be done in home and around the property, from running power to my shed which was about 30 metres from the house connect the power up to the new pool pump and water feature, installation of three split air conditioning systems and multiple Big Screen TVs around the house which they happily mounted to the walls, added extra power points where they were needed, and the big ticketed item of 36 micro inverted solar panels, we were more than impressed with Gary and his team of tradesmen, I have had to call Gary a couple of time just for advice and nothing is ever a problem for him he always responds promptly and his happy disposition makes him so very easy to deal with. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending Gary and GCR ELECTRICAL for all you electrical and solar needs.
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Andrew McKinley
3 weeks ago
We have had a 6.6 kw system with a Fronius inverter and Winaiko panels installed in Feb 2020. After tackling the minefield of solar retailers, thankfully we were recommended to talk to Gary and Christabelle. The entire process was handled professionally from the initial contact when we lived interstate through to the very tidy install and after sales service. Gary’s advice on what we needed was superb, I had so many questions! We had no idea of our power use as the house had been a rental, but early numbers show we should have reduced our bills to approx $0 a year so the system will have paid for itself in around 4 years. Could not recommend GCR enough. Thanks Guys, A and H 😁
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Helen Ison
3 weeks ago
Thanks to Garry, Christabelle and their team for installing our solar. Thanks for offering a quality product and service at a good price. We are so happy with their work and happy to recommend GCR to others. After being recommend to us by friends we could not be more happier with the outcome. If your looking for a local business that provides quality products and service make sure you get them around.
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Manda Paech
3 weeks ago
Gary, Christabelle and their team at GCR are fantastic! They did a great job with our solar installation as well as all their knowledge and advice. We are saving close to 70% on our electricity bills each year!!! Very happy customers. Would definitely recommend. 👍
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Renee Forsythe
3 weeks ago
Very happy with our experience with GCR Electrical Systems! We have had them out for a number of jobs over the last few years from updating smoke alarms, installation of fans, down lights and adding a solar system to our home. Gary is great at letting you know what would work best for your home. We also love knowing we are supporting a local family business. Highly recommend
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Emma Bennett
3 weeks ago
GCR were recommended to us by a friend after we had received 2 other quotes. Gary visited our premises advised on what was required gave us a price which was competitive from there we never hesitated.From Gary to Christabelle to the guys on site everything went smoothly and professionally from start to finish .We definitely will be referring them to family and friends.It is very pleasing to be able to refer a local company so highly.Bob and Sandra (Urangan )
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Robert Gislingham
a month ago
Gary, Christabelle and the rest of the GCR team were awesome. They were great communicators, very easy to deal with and honest about the best options for my place. Unfortunately, due to my local transformer (Kawungan) being 130% over capacity Ergon won’t pay me a feed in tariff due to their poor infrastructure and lack of planning for a decentralised energy system. This wasn’t GCR’s fault but disappointing for the community given my neighbours will also be in the same position when they go to install solar unless Ergon upgrades their infrastructure. GCR 5/5. Ergon 1/5.
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Chris Cameron
2 month ago
From the moment I phoned GCR electrical I knew I made the right choice from the quote to the end of the job was a very pleasant experience. They dismantled my old system put a new 6.6 system on my house and the team that done the work wow what a great team. I highly recommend GCR electrical. Gordon Merchant
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Gordon Merchant
6 month ago
Gary and his team were extremely professional and helpful. Price was on par with other major retailers, and the gear is the same / comparative too. I got quotes from 3 retailers, and for the gear we got GCR was the best in price.Installation - the team was on time, efficient, and thoughtful. To spend the hottest part of the day on and in the roof and then take time to explain it all afterwards was great.Highly recommend, I am normally skeptical of small businesses with low reviews, but GCR’s has definitely earned the 5 star rating on here.
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Ryan Wake
7 months ago
GCR did a great job from quote to install, definitely a recommended service
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Adrian Cox
8 months ago
great service
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steve hope
9 months ago
GCR have installed solar on both my properties as well as many smaller jobs. They are a great crew, no hesitation recommending them.
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Daddy Pig
9 months ago
GCR Electrical Systems. The initial consultation with Gary, to the completed 6.6kw Solar System by Shayton and his team installed in Eli Waters. This work was carried out in a friendly, competent and professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend GCR to carry our any electrical work on your premises. Thank you Shayton.
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Garry Batho
10 months ago
Gary and Christabelle of GCR Electrical Systems have been professional and courteous every time I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with them. Their team of upstanding professionals carried out our recent solar install efficiently and to the highest standard. I look forward to having GCR carry out any of my electrical work in the future and I absolutely wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone looking for the best electricians on the Fraser coast. I’m an extremely happy customer.
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Douglas Kingwill
11 months ago
Recently had GCR Electrical Systems install a 6.6kw system on my property in Urraween. From quoting, booking in of the job, installation and quality of works the service was exceptional and beyond expectations.The whole operation from start to finish was professional, all of the men who installed the system were careful with my home and also took care to clean up completely after the job. Gary's advice regarding the solar was second to none and he was able to answer all of my questions. It's been a great experience knowing how everything works and functions in regard to the system installed!I wouldn't hesitate to use GSR again when needed! These guys are pros!
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Mathew Simpson
a year ago
The guys came to install Solar and a split system at our home. Very professional and promptly installed. Couldn't recommend enough.
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Ashleigh Kelly
a year ago
Excellent service, from time of quote to final especially like the way use txts. and digital sineing and sending daterr to ergon
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greg townsend
a year ago
A very efficient and prompt team who showed great skill in installing the panels on our two-storey house.
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Brian Armour
a year ago
Had no problems with the company, very friendly, I asked the questions and they answered. Very happy with the results, would recommend to every one.
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Wendy Delarue
a year ago
Gary and his team have just completed fitting a new 6KW SOLAR system and a 6.5KW MHI A/C unit to to my rental properties in Urangan. He provided very competitive pricing. Gary understands the latest electrical regulations and compliance. His workmanship is neat and top quality which is important when installing roof mounted SOLAR panels. All work was carried out in a polite professional manner, an excellent quality job without fault.
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Anthony Edwards
a year ago
GCR Electrical Systems have set the standards that others should aspire to achieve in facets of solar installations.
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Brian Andrews
a year ago
Rowan, Your team are both very efficient and courteous, upon arriving they have measured and checked the shadowing effect of the neighbouring trees and have discussed; strings for the inverter, positioning of the banks of panels, shadowing of the panels and the effect for summer and winter. Thank you and the boys for the installation, we are very happy with you and your team for a professional attitude to having the Solar Energy System installed
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Paul G
2 year ago
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