Top Four Reasons to Use Solar Hot Water

Solar Hot Water is the Fastest Growing Segment of Solar Energy

By NASS Member / Friends of the Sun, Manchester, VT

 

Whether you live in Scranton, PennsylvaniaSpringdale, Arkansas – or anywhere else across North America, taking small steps to go green makes sense for you and for the planet. With every step of progress, the world gets healthier. Every environmentally friendly action counts. One not-so-small step toward living eco-friendly is to install a Solar Hot Water system in your home. Hot water usage usually accounts for the biggest portion of a family’s electric energy use.

 

Here are 4 great reasons to heat up the water in your home with solar energy and take other steps toward environmental friendliness:

#1 – Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

Using solar energy in your home means that you are minimizing the size of your personal carbon footprint. There are plenty of reasons to want to use renewable energy such as solar panels for hot water, such as:

Renewable energy is 100% clean and it makes no negative impact on the earth

Burning fossil fuels pumps greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, by billions of tons

Using organic products reduces the amount of toxic materials which end up in landfills

#2 – Save Money on Energy Costs

Hot water needed for showering, laundry, dishwashing, cooking and other household needs amounts to between 15 and 30 percent of the average family’s energy requirements. Making “green” improvements on your home can bring your electricity bills down by as much as 15 or 30%. This can represent an average savings of $2,000 per year and money than you could use for your children’s college fund, a nice vacation, or your retirement account. Solar Hot Water systems have a very quick pay-back life, so you’re solar system will pay for itself with just a few years savings through decreased utility bills. After that you will enjoy many years of lower utility bills. You may even like solar so much that you opt for a Solar PV System to generate Solar Electricity next and save even more!

#3 – Sell Your Home More Quickly

Home buyers these days are looking for environmentally friendly homes. More and more people are aware of the importance of being sensible about the planet’s resources. There is also a growing appreciation for solar energy which helps to lower utility bills and contribute to cleaner air. There is no doubt about it that you can give your home’s buyer appeal a big boost if you install a solar water heating system. For additional edge with home buyers, get a water-saving showerhead and toilet.

According to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, solar homes sell two times as quickly as homes without solar panels. Reportedly, this statistic is true even in a slow market. You may not have any plans to move right now, but a sudden out-of-town career advancement opportunity could make the eco-friendly alterations to your home some of the best decisions you ever made!

#4 – Improve Your Homes (and Your) Net Worth

solar hot water heaterWhen you add solar panels to your home, you significantly increase the amount of money a buyer is willing to pay for your home. According to data from the Appraisal Journal, for each $1 you spend on environmentally friendly home improvements which will reduce annual energy bills, the value of your home increases by $10 to $25. Another study found that a solar system increases a home’s value by about $17,000, on average, compared to a home without solar panels. Solar improvements are among the top return-of-value home improvements available today.

If you are like most homeowners, your home is your largest asset. Taking small steps to go green increases your financial value. A solar-powered hot water heater, improved insulation and weather-stripping, low-flow toilets, and dual-paned windows are all investments which boost your home’s value.

All NASS (North American Solar Store) members are trained and educated in Solar Thermal (Solar Hot Water) systems and are there to help you when you are ready to consider “going solar.” Visit our Solar Store Location page and find a store near you. Every NASS member has a brick and mortar store where you can sit down in their showroom and discuss your needs in a comfortable enviroment.

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