Solar water heating systems come in an array of different makes and configurations and can be applied in many different scenarios. If you are interested in reducing your energy costs, and want to use the sun’s natural radiant energy to heat your pool or hot water, consider installing a solar water heating system. Solar water systems are efficient and don’t cost a penny to run when compared to the “conventional” electric or gas water heating systems. A properly designed solar water heating system will reduce running (energy) costs by approximately 50-80%, a substantial amount considering a significant part of the energy cost for your home comes directly from heating hot water.
How do solar water heating systems work?
Solar water heating systems use absorber panels to harvest the sun’s energy. These absorber panels are in many cases installed on the roof of your home or garage. As the sun shines on the absorber panels, water is heated in tubes in the panel system and piped to a storage unit connected to a conventional water heater. Modern solar water heating systems allow homeowners to use the solar heating source as their main system and the conventional system as a back-up. Optimally placed absorber panels, with conventional methods in place as a backup will yield many years of use and dramatically lower energy costs while lowering your carbon footprint and contributing to a greener world at the same time.
Interested in using the sun to run your hot water system?
Here are a few questions you’ll need to consider before hiring a professional to install your system.
Is your current system running efficiently?
Many newer homes are equipped with Energy Star water heaters, or on demand water heating appliances which dramatically cut back on energy costs. Have a reputable company prepare an energy audit with an actual system cost and ROI to determine what the real advantage is to converting to a solar water heating system.
Do you have the initial investment capital to purchase a solar powered system?
Local, State, and Federal tax credits and rebate incentives are available to help offset the costs of your installation by up to 55-60% making the up front cost more affordable.
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