Why Solar Hot Water?
In Hawaii Solar Hot Water Is The First Line Of Defense Against High Electricity Bills. Here's How It Works:
There are two major components to a solar hot water system. The first is the solar collector. The collector is usually installed on a roof facing the sun. Running through the collectors are copper tubing, filled with water that during the day absorb energy from the sun.
Hot Water Tank
The second main element is the water tank which gathers and stores the hot water that flows in from the solar hot water panels.
The water in the solar collectors, heated from the sun, flows through piping and circulates into the tank, which ends up heating the water already collected from before.
Ready To Go
Hot water is now available which can be piped throughout the house for use in showers, sinks and appliances.
The heating system is backed-up by electrical or gas so there will always be hot water, even on cloudy days.
The great thing about living in Hawaii is our year round sunshine which means the back up systems are used only sparingly.
Solar Hot Water Benefits
Reduced Energy Costs - For years and years, Solar Hot Water Systems have been the standard bearer for reducing electricity costs. Here's why: Heating water with electricity is very inefficient making a home's electric water heater a major energy hog accounting for up to 40% of the homes electricity bill. Combining this savings from removing your electric or gas water tank and the available tax credits and local rebates gives Solar Hot Water Systems the shortest payback period of any home improvement, including PV. Payback periods often run under 2 or 3 years!
Increased Home Value - In today’s market, green technology is gaining popularity with buyers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate. A recent study found that for every $100 saved per year through solar energy, the home’s value is increased by $2000.
Tax Incentives - As energy costs continue to rise, both Federal and State governments are offering tax incentives to encourage solar power. They understand that clean, renewable energy is good for the environment, the economy, and most importantly, for your family.