How a Solar Water Heater Saves on Energy Costs
During last Fall, we had a power outage for 72 hours and had no access to warm water. It was really difficult for all of us to work with freezing cold water. The area I am talking about is located in Minnesota where the average temperature during winter falls between 14 degree Fahrenheit and 15 degree Fahrenheit. So from that time, I had arranged to search for a better water heating system.
I scoured through many websites and visited many stationery shops to find out the different types of water heaters available in the market. I came across solar water heaters, storage tank water heaters, electric heat pump water heaters and many others. However, I personally chose a solar water heater.
Using the solar water heating system is really convenient, allows me to take care of the environment in my own little way, and also saves money on installations in the form of Grants received for using a green energy powered appliance. It also offers a wide range of advantages. Following are some of the primary benefits that we all can enjoy by investing in a solar water heater.
Reduced Electricity Bills: Earlier, I used to get monthly electricity bills of about $130, but since when I have started using solar water heater, I get electricity bills of about $100 (on an average). This means that by using a solar water heater one can save around 30% on utility bills. In fact, recent research of energy usage of a typical American home indicates that a solar water heater can minimize the electricity bills by up to 30% to 50%.
Tax incentives: To encourage people using more solar water heaters for their households, the IRS offers a tax credit of around 30% of the cost of the qualified heating equipment. There are many governmental discounts and rebates that significantly bring down the cost of solar water heater.
Environmental benefits: Investing in a solar water heater will allow you to make a little contribution towards the environment. Unlike other types of water heater, solar water heaters do not pollute the environment by releasing carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide while generating power or burning fuel to heat your household water. In fact, a solar water heater prevents up to 5,000 lbs of carbon and 20 lbs of sulfur dioxide from being released into the atmosphere annually.
Promote limitless energy: Having solar water heaters at home can allow you to have access to warm water throughout the year. After I have installed solar water heater, I have access to warm water throughout the season, even if there is an interruption in the electrical or natural gas service. One can get warm water almost any time of the year, even if there is no electricity in the area.
Rob Schenider is an engineer by profession, who also writes blogs on Environment Friendly Technology, its advantages, uses, and efficiency. In this particular write up, he has given us a brief insight on the benefits of using solar water heater.