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Benefits of Solar Thermal Water Heaters

Benefits of Solar Water Heat

If you are looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption, but financially it is just not the time to install large PV panels on your roof, you may want to consider opting for a Solar Thermal Water Heater. These heaters are significantly less costly than installing a full system (they range from about $1500 to $3500), but have many environmental benefits.

  • A family of four can decrease their annual carbon emissions by about 8 tons per year – about the same as taking TWO cars off the road (according to a study by the University of Wisconsin's Solar Energy Lab, which found that a typical family of four's water heater uses 6,400 kilowatt hours of energy to heat per year)

  • Your water heating bill will be cut in half (in places where you don't receive as much sunlight) to 90-100% in places like Arizona.

  • About 40% of all homes in the US have enough sunlight to be viable candidates for solar thermal heaters (according to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute)

  • Many states offer rebate incentives for purchasing solar thermal heaters in addition to federal tax rebates.

  • The federal government will rebate you 30% of the cost of your heater up to $2,000.

  • Solar Thermal Water Heaters pay for themselves in energy savings in 4-8 years... and then continue heating for another 8-25 years, essentially free of charge.

  • Having a solar water heater will increase the value of your home.

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