Solar Hot Water Systems

Solar hot water is probably the most widely used green energy technology.  It can provide year-round hot water for your home, pool, or commercial building. A solar water heater uses the sun's energy rather than electricity or gas to heat household water.   Operating efficiency of a solar collector varies during the day as solar radiation, ambient temperature, and collector temperature are affected by the changing position of the sun.

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Benefits of Solar Hot Water

  • Solar water heaters pay for themselves in a short amount of time.

  • Solar water heaters are more economical over the life of the system than heating water by other means.

  • In Florida, a solar water heater can save an average 15 to 30 percent of your total annual electric bill.

  • Solar water heaters have very little maintenance.

Sizing Considerations

  • Size of family to be served

  • Number of employees in building

  • Type of roof on which the collector is to be installed

  • Amount of rebates or incentives

  • Building code requirements