Heating water with sunshine is nothing new. For thousands of years people have used the sun to heat water, even as basic as a black bucket full of water in the yard. It takes a lot of energy to heat water using electricity or gas. In fact, up to 30% of a home’s energy consumption is used solely to heat water for bathing, laundry and cleaning. By installing a solar hot water system, homeowners can significantly reduce energy consumption, thereby saving money and even reducing global pollution at the same time! A properly selected, sized and installed system will provide decades of cost savings and environmentally friendly trouble-free performance. Installing a solar hot water system is the first-and most cost-effective step when turning to the sun for energy. Even if you plan on installing a photovoltaic system, a solar hot water system is almost always a must-do component to your home solar energy system.
Design and technology for solar thermal has greatly improved in the recent decade bringing the most reliable, efficient and cost effectives systems not previously known. Newer systems use "drain back" technology, which provide the highest efficiency and reliability for most applications. Solar Energy has a wide array of systems and configurations to meet your hot water needs and your budget. Systems compatible for our Virginia climate include:
Each system type has its own merits and limitations. There are many factors that go into selecting a system that will meet your needs. All our solar hot water systems normally include a conventional back-up electric heating source to ensure you will always have hot water available, rain or shine. Call us today for a free in-home site survey!