Solar Hot Water Systems

Hot Water Created by Solar

Advantages of Solar Hot Water Systems

About 15 to 20% of a family’s energy consumption is for the heating of water for laundry, dishes, baths, and showers. One of the advantages of solar hot water systems is a savings on your gas bill, since gas typically is the fuel that is used to heat water for these purposes. If you have an electric hot water heater, your savings could be even more.

Solar heating panels are installed on the roof, and take up very little space.  They fit over the top of your existing roof, and aren't very difficult to install. Do keep in mind, these systems should be installed by professionals, who know what they are doing.  The last thing you need is a major leak that causes all kinds of water damage. These solar panels will need to be mounted where they face the sun for a good portion of the day.  In some areas of the country, where it seldom gets very cold, this system should work fairly well. If you live in an area where the summers are short and the winters are bitter cold, this may not be the best system for you. Winter months can cause some challenges with a solar system due to cold temperatures and less sunshine. Most systems only require one or two solar panels for all of the hot water that is used. The sun is an unlimited source of energy and heat. Technologies can be much more simple and inexpensive in warmer climates.

Solar can also heat a swimming pool or a hot tub.  For these applications, more solar panels would be required.  Using solar water heat for a swimming pool in many parts of the world, will add two to four months of comfortable swimming.

Hot water and space heating together account for close to half of an average home's use of energy consumption. Solar hot water systems are environmentally friendly. Solar is a clean source of energy which doesn’t add to the pollution problem. Solar hot water systems are pretty much maintenance free. Solar water heating systems are also used for industrial applications. Surveys indicate that one of the advantages of solar hot water systems, is that approximately 94% of all who invest in solar water heat believe it was a good investment.

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