Solar power is an effective way to heat the water you use in your home and will save you money. It’s a practice that has been used for many decades. Did you know people in Florida and California began taking advantage of solar-powered, hot water systems in the 1920s? Imagine how much technology has changed since then! Outside of everyday domestic uses, solar hot water systems are used worldwide in major industrial applications to generate environmentally-friendly electricity.
Residential Solar Hot Water Systems work by converting the energy of the sun through storage tanks and solar collectors. There are two types of solar water heating systems; active (or “pumped”with circulating pumps and controls) and passive (known as “compact” which do not have this technology). Solar hot water systems can create hot water most of year, and on cloudy days or in winter months, if solar is not enough, a gas or electric booster will heat the water, as well.
Great Brook Solar can install evacuated tube collector systems. These are highly efficient because they employ the principal of a vacuum being a perfect insulator. It is like putting your solar absorber inside a thermos bottle. Plus, they utilize a “heat pipe,” a form of passive heat pump for wicking the sun’s heat up into a heat exchanger to be taken by antifreeze to the water heater tank. Start saving money on your gas and electric bills year round with a solar hot water system.
Solar hot water can save your household about 60% on your hot water bills. It is a common misconception that solar power solutions are expensive and unattainable, however this is untrue! The solar hot water systems installed by Great Brook Solar are not only cost effective, but their low-interest financing can break the cost into affordable monthly payments. Between the savings on your monthly energy bill and any available state and federal tax incentives, a solar hot water system can fit into any household’s budget and pay for itself over time.
How does solar hot water work? Review the diagram below and click here for more on Solar Water Heating.