Solar Hot Water for Your Home
Shrink Your Electric Bill
Hot water heating costs make up 25% to 30% of the average home’s electric bill. Solar hot water heaters are the most effective and energy-efficient way to generate hot water for your home and shrink your monthly power bill. That’s why 1.5 million homes and businesses in the United States made the switch to solar.
Why Choose Solar Hot Water?
- Cost-effective. Solar water heaters are the most cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home year-round and can save you thousands of dollars over a 20-year period.
- Return on investment. Installing solar in your home is one of the safest investments you can make. The system can pay for itself within 3 to 5 years.
- 0% due upfront. Go solar now, with no money down. With our financing options, you won’t need to pay a single cent upfront.
- Clean power. Traditional electric water heaters emit two tons of CO2 into the atmosphere on average. Solar water heaters use clean power and produce no greenhouse gas emissions.
- Tax Credit. Solar water heaters qualify for a 30 percent Renewable Energy Federal Tax Credit from the government and rebates from many local utilities.
How It Works
The way in which solar hot water systems, or solar thermal systems, operate is simple. Solar panels are heated from the sun and the water that runs through them also gets heated. The heated water is then ready for use.
There are two types of solar water heating systems: active and passive.
Active Systems - An active solar hot water system uses a pump that circulates water through the system. Active hot water systems will reduce water heating costs by up to 90%. There are two types of active systems: direct circulation (open loop) and indirect circulation (closed loop).
Passive Systems - A passive solar hot water heating system does not use a pump. Instead, it relies on convection to move water through the system. These systems can supply homes with up to 75% of their hot water use. They have the fastest payback of solar thermal systems (usually within 3-5 years) and are less expensive to install than active systems. While they are not usually as efficient as active systems, they can be more reliable and last longer. While they do not reduce water heating costs as much as active systems, they still reduce water heating costs by up to 75%. There are also two types of passive systems: integral collector (storage passage) and thermosiphon.
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