Thursday, February 12, 2009

Solar Water Heaters

Looking to cut your water heating energy costs by 50%? Think about installing a solar water heater. Solar water heaters are designed to use with an electric or gas back-up water heater and can literally cut your water heating bill in half (about $190/year combined with a gas water heater and $250/year with an electric water heater). And, the larger your family, the greater your savings.

Generally, the return on investment for a solar system takes about 10 years to pay for itself, but that can be sooner if you take advantage of
energy tax credits. Some areas also have other incentives. See if you can get an Energy Star rebate.

You may have to wait a while to see the benefits, but the environment won’t. A solar water heater can cut your carbon dioxide emissions in half, preventing about 4,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere every year. That’s like keeping your car parked in your garage for four months every year!

While gas and electric waters last between 10-14 years, the average life expectancy of a solar water heater is much longer - 20 years. Your green architect
and builder will be able to help you find a product that meets your site, and family needs and lifestyle.