Solar domestic hot water systems are used to collect the energy that comes from the sun through either panels or tubes. The hot water that is produced from this method is then stored in a tank not unlike your current hot water tank. This cost effective method can reduce yearly utility bills, making your initial investment worth the money in the long run. Considering the facts of a solar domestic hot water system can help you determine if this form of hot water is right for you:
- Hot water for domestic hot water systems is created by utilizing solar power. Panels can be attached to the roof of your home, set up on the side of your house or in your yard.
- You will need at least part of your home or yard to be in direct sunlight. If you live deep in the woods and have a lot of shade cover or live in an area with not a lot of sunlight this is something you need to consider in order to get the most from domestic hot water systems.
- The initial investment of a few thousand dollars is what a hot water system of this type might cost and this should be part of your consideration. However, keep in mind there are tax incentives and rebates that may be available where you live. You can usually check with either your current utility company or your local governmental office to find out more.
Speaking with a local professional contractor who has experience with solar domestic hot water systems is usually a good idea to find out if this system is right for you and your home. A professional can take a look at your yard and determine if you have adequate sun exposure. Also, they can give you an estimate of your installation costs as well as routine maintenance costs.