Are solar water heaters really worth the cost? They have a huge number of benefits, not the least of which is saving you hundreds of dollars a year on your electric bill. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of solar water heaters so you can decide if one is right for you.
How Are Solar Water Heaters Different from Solar Panels?
While traditional solar panels convert the sun’s energy into electricity, the panels for solar water heaters use the sun to heat the water directly, saving a step in the process of heating your water.
Here’s how it works:
- When the sun is shining, a pump brings cold water from the bottom of your water tank up to the solar collectors.
- The panels heat the water directly, then return it to the top part of your special water storage tank.
- If the sun isn’t shining, the pump shuts off to prevent any hot water loss.
- On cloudy days when there isn’t enough sunlight to meet all your needs, a backup electric pump heats your water, so you never have to worry about having enough hot water.
Solar Water Heater Benefits
Now that you know how they work, here are some of the many benefits of solar water heaters.
Better for the Environment
When you use the sun’s energy to directly heat your water, you’re reducing your dependence on fossil fuels and other unsustainable forms of power. Even some forms of “clean” energy, like nuclear and hydropower, can cause environmental issues of their own.
As much as 20% of your electric bill each month is the cost of heating your water. A solar water heater uses up to 90% less electricity than a traditional water heater. How much money would you save each year if you could cut 10% or more off your monthly electric bill?
The federal government and many states are providing tax breaks to people who invest in solar energy. Who wouldn’t want that?
Since solar water heaters don’t have any moving parts, they’re very sturdy and can go for years without needing any maintenance. Some solar water heaters are backed by a limited warranty that stays in effect for as long as you own your home.
Learn More Now
Ready to learn more? The LeverEdge has several models of solar water heaters available. Talk to one of our experts today to find out which one might be best for you by clicking here or calling 813-403-5100.
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