Solar hot water heater systems reduce a home’s reliance on other domestic hot water heating systems such as an electric water heater or a boiler. With a solar hot water system installed, solar thermal energy is free to collect and use- unlike electricity, natural gas, or oil. Solar hot water heater systems allow you to produce most, if not all, of the hot water your home needs, reducing energy costs drastically.
Solar hot water heater systems are an environmentally friendly choice for providing the hot water your home needs. Without the use of fossil fuels, your solar thermal system will help your household cut back on carbon dioxide emissions. Fossil fuels are commonly used to produce electricity; so even if you have an electric water heater, your home is still contributing excess carbon dioxide emissions indirectly. Anytime you can use the solar hot water heater system, you will be benefiting the environment.
So, is your household a good candidate for a solar hot water heater system? Households with the following qualities are likely to benefit greatly from installing one:
- Homes which are occupied all year long (a primary residence, not a vacation home)
- Homes which are currently not heating water efficiently (using older, inefficient equipment)
- Homes with higher hot water demands (households of four or more people, or multifamily homes)
If you think you’re a good candidate for solar hot water heater system installation, or for help determining whether you are or not, contact us. We’ll review your household’s characteristics and your current water heating systems to see if solar hot water would benefit you.