Solar water heaters have been in use in Florida since the early 1900’s. As electricity became available and cheap, power companies gave away electric water heaters in order to sell more electricity. Today solar waters are very popular due to the dramatic amount a solar water heater can cut your electric bill.
Compared to conventional water heaters, a solar water heater provides a cost-effective method for keeping hot water pumping throughout your home. And the best part is, the primary fuel source is the sun, which means you get to enjoy as much hot water as you need without paying those extra electricity bills. By collecting energy during the day, a solar heater has enough power to keep your water hot throughout the night and into the next day, and all it takes is a collector and a storage unit.
While you’re off at work or out running errands, the sun is providing everything your solar water heater needs to keep your heater running. From the sun to the collector unit and then to the heater and storage unit, clean, renewable energy is filtering through your system and powering it the same way gas might power a gas heater, not to mention installation is a breeze and maintenance is stress-free with Fun in the Sun’s experienced servicing team.
As part of the Federal Stimulus Package there is a 30% tax credit for those who install water heaters and the Florida Renewable Technologies and Energy Efficiency Act will pay homeowners $500 to install a solar water heater and business can get $15 for every 1,000 btu’s of solar capacity they install. In addition there is no sales tax on solar in Florida and all solar systems are exempt from increased property tax.
A solar water heater will provide a 15% annual return on your investment for 2 people in a household and a 25% annual return for a household of 4 people.
Then there’s the energy conservation aspect. A solar water heater will reduce a typical household’s carbon footprint by 14,000 lbs of carbon annually. That is more than the average car produces in a year and saves the equivalent of 11.4 barrels of oil annually.