Hot water plays a significant role in our lives, running everything in your home from dishwashers and washing machines to daily showers and baths. Some studies estimate that heating your water accounts for as much as 30% of your total monthly energy costs, and contributes a significant amount of environmental waste annually. A solar hot water heater can save you money, increase the value of your home, and help you reduce your carbon footprint.
How Can I Save Money with Solar Hot Water?
In addition to the environmental benefits, there are significant financial benefits to a solar hot water heater system in your home. While the upfront costs to purchase a solar water heater are higher than a conventional water heater, the savings you achieve on your monthly utility bills will pay for the system in under 10 years in most cases, sometimes in less than 5 years, depending on how quickly energy costs rise in the future.
Over time, your solar hot water heater system will continue providing free energy from the sun, increasing your savings for decades to come. Most solar water heaters are built to last between 15 and 40 years, which adds up to a lot of free hot water. It also adds value to your home, with studies showing buyers prefer homes with solar water heaters.
In an effort to get homeowners to move toward renewable energy source, there are tax credits and incentives available for installing these systems. Visit our tax credits page for more details.
What Kind of Solar Hot Water Heater is Right for Me?
There are two main categories of solar hot water systems, and within each category there are two subcategories. The type of system you need depends on your daily water needs, location, and climate, including how extreme your temperature variations are—extremely hot or cold climates will require a different type of system than climates that have relatively mild and consistent temperatures year-round.
How it Works
Experienced technicians from Bonterra Solar will install solar collector panels on the roof of your home, or a nearby structure, which collect energy from sunlight in both sunny and overcast conditions. The energy is pumped into a hot water tank, where coils use heat transfer to warm up the water. In the event unfavorable weather prevents the system from collecting sunlight, a backup water heater is available that runs on conventional energy sources. Just like a conventional system, solar hot water is stored in the tank until it is used in sinks, dishwashers, showers, and tubs throughout the home.
Talk to a Bonterra Solar consultant today to identify what type of system will work best for your individual home, based on your daily water usage, the climate where you live, and your personal budget. The installation can usually be completed in one day, and there are financing options available to get your system running with no money down.