Solar water heating simply means using the sun's energy to heat hot water for your home. The average person uses between 20 and 30 gallons of hot water a day. A family of 4 would use between 2,400 and 3,600 gallons of hot water every month - all of which can be provided for free, using the sun's energy.
A solar water heater is sized to accommodate your family's current usage - meaning your habits and lifestyle don't have to changed. Once the solar hot water system is installed, the only thing that will change is your monthly bill.
Solar Water Heating - What are the Advantages?
Reduced Energy Costs
Solar hot water is an affordable, effective form of clean, renewable energy that can be taken advantage of by every homeowner in America. Using the sun's energy means lower energy costs, free hot water for your home, and more energy independence.
Solar evacuated tube collectors are high performance, efficient, and long lasting. Evacuated tube collectors are used in areas with a colder climate, longer winters, or in areas that suffer from frequent cloudy or overcast weather conditions.
For warmer, sunnier climates, evacuated tubes are still an excellent choice, as are the solar flat plate collectors.
In the average home, over 25% of energy consumption comes from heating water. This hot water is often used for cooking, washing dishes, laundry, showers, and cleaning. A solar hot water system is an ideal solution to reduce ever rising energy costs.
Evacuated tube collectors are typically used in areas that are subjected to long or cold winters, or have many cloudy days. The technology in an evacuated tube makes it a lot less susceptible to colder temperatures than their flat plate counterparts, allowing these systems to generate free, solar hot water for your entire family even on the coldest of days.
Applications for evacuated tube collectors include (but are not limited to) homes and residences with large families (3-4+ people) and for homeowners that want a high performing collector all year long. Applying a solar hot water system can give you a number of benefits.
By using the sun to heat - or preheat - your home's hot water, you can cut your water heating bill substantially. On many solar hot water systems, customers report that their hot water heating bills have been reduced by as much as 80%.
Over 30% of the average family's electric bill goes directly to heating hot water. This means that a solar water heating system can immediately reduce your bills, and will continue to do so for decades to come.
Invest in a Better and Cleaner Environment
Solar water heating systems help you reduce energy consumption, and therefore, reduce the pollution associated with producing that energy. A 50% reduction in traditional energy use means a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions. So by installing a solar hot water system in your home, you are reducing your carbon footprint by half.
This results in a cleaner environment, and helps to lessen our reliance on traditional, polluting fossil fuels like coal and oil. You are able to contribute to a better tomorrow - all while saving money.
More Hot Water Available
With a solar hot water heating system, many times a solar tank is installed to work alongside your existing hot water tank. This means you will have double the storage - and twice as much hot water available.
So when you have guests, visitors, or want to take that extra long soak in the tub - you can do so without it jumping up your electric bill. You'll have more water - and hotter water - available. Hot water that you can feel good about using, knowing it was heated using the sun's energy for zero cost.
Installing a solar water heating system for your home can reduce your energy consumption by as much as 40% to 50%. Many people don't realize how much energy is used just to provide hot water in your home. In fact, 20% to 25% of the average family's energy consumption is just for heating water for things like laundry, cooking, cleaning, dishes, and showers.
In addition to providing all your hot water needs, a solar hot water system can also provide heat for other needs. A solar hot water heating system can heat your radiant floor system, a pool, or other applications that require hot water.