Solar water heaters—also called solar domestic hot water systems—can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use—sunshine—is free.
Generally, ENERGY STAR certified products can be trusted to provide good service and be highly eneryg efficient. An ENERGY STAR qualified solar water heating system can cut your annual hot water costs in half, and is generally designed for use with an electric or gas back-up water heater. The average life expectancy of qualified solar water heating systems is 20 years, much longer than standard gas or electric storage water heaters.
Before you purchase and install a solar water heating system, you want to do the following:
-Consider the economics of a solar water heating system
-Evaluate your site’s solar resource
-Determine the correct system size
-Determine the system’s energy efficiency
-Estimate and compare system costs
-Investigate local codes, covenants, and regulations.
Check out these ENERGY STAR Qualified Solar Water Heaters:
Solar water heaters are the best way to reduce your energy consumption and the cheapest of all solar energy products. Depending on your consumption of water and how many gallons of water you use it will cost you roughly $5,000. A good product to invest your solar collectors in are ProgressivTube. Click the link to see more about it.
There are warm climate, moderate climate, and cold climate solar water heaters. The best solar water heater for you is dependant on the climate where you live. Warm climate solar water heaters tend to be cheaper than cold weather ones. A warm solar water heater costs about $1,700 to $2,600 while cold climate solar water heaters cost about $6,000 to $17,000. Visit the citation below to see a temperature range map of the United States to determine which solar water heater is best suited for your climate.
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