With winter right around the corner and increased utility bills up ahead, now is the perfect time to invest in a solar water heater. In fact, you could save hundreds of dollars a year when you heat your water with the power of the sun rather than using electricity.
How do solar water heaters work? What are their benefits? What is the difference between a solar water heater and “regular” solar panels?
Here’s everything you should know about solar water heaters.
How Do Solar Water Heaters Work?
With a solar water heater, you have a special tank with two chambers. When the sun is shining, the water heater pumps cold water up to special solar collectors on your roof, where the sun heats the water directly. Then, the hot water is returned to a different part of your tank.
No sun? No problem! If you use all the hot water stored in your tank, it also has an electrical component, so you have hot water even if everybody showers at night or if it’s cloudy for a few days.
Solar Water Heater Benefits
Solar water heaters have plenty of benefits, not the least of which is saving you a lot of money.
Solar water heaters use up to 90% less electricity than standard water heaters, and your current water heater is responsible for around 20% of your utility bill each month. How much money could that save you each year? If your utility bill is $100, about $20 would be for heating water with your current water heater, and a solar water heater might cost $2 to run instead of $20. If you save an average of $18 a month, you could save more than $200 a year by making the switch!
Save the Environment
Solar power is one of the most eco-friendly ways you can heat water. Why burn oil, coal, or gas to heat your water when you can use the sun, instead?
Since solar water heaters don’t have any moving parts, they don’t need much maintenance and can run for years without problems, saving you the hassle of needing somebody to come to do repairs.
What’s the Difference Between Solar Water Heaters and Solar Panels?
Traditional solar panels turn sunlight into electricity, which your home can use to power anything, while solar water heaters use the power of the sun to heat water. While they’re both excellent, solar water heaters can be a more affordable way to dip your toe into the world of solar.
Learn More Today
If you’re interested in learning more about solar water heaters, solar panels, or any of our other environmentally friendly products, contact The LeverEdge today by clicking here or calling 813-403-5100.
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