If you are looking to make your home green and help reduce the consumption of our diminishing renewable resources then you should consider using solar hot water heaters. They are powered by the sun’s energy thereby reducing the emissions that are put off by most other forms of water heaters. Most of these do have either an electric or gas powered backup and pumping system. If you purchase a passive solar water heater, there is no electric pump to circulate the transfer fluids or water through the system. This saves even more energy than traditional electric or gas water heaters.
Many residential property owners find it difficult to come up with the money to purchase solar hot water heaters. The prices of these systems can be extremely expensive and the time it takes to recoup the initial investment in your home is more than they can handle. For this reason manufacturers designed kits that will allow you to build and install your own systems. They usually are complete with everything you need to put the system together and get it running. There are advantages to the kits like the fact that you know how it is put together and if for any reason you need to repair something, you know how to do it.
Some commercial properties could benefit from the use of solar hot water heaters. Because they have a higher demand for hot water, many businesses are investing in commercial solar water heaters. They greatly reduce the consumption of renewable energy while saving them money on utility bills. Many commercial and residential properties that initialize this type of system can get a great tax incentive. The need for the world to go green has the US government trying to encourage citizens to join the trend of green living.
Tax incentives of up to 30% of the installation costs of solar hot water heaters is available to any homeowner who installs one of these systems through the year 2016. This tax incentive comes to a $1500 tax credit that you wouldn’t ordinarily have without this investment. In addition to this you are investing in your home which adds value to it. In the event that you sell your home, you can recoup any additional costs from installing the system you may have incurred. The more documentation you can provide proving the savings, the more value it adds to your home.
It is important to understand that not all retailers carry this type of system. You should research to see what would best suit your needs, what the costs are for the system, the difficulty in installing the system, the availability of them in your area and what your budget can handle. It may not be such a good investment for a retired couple to spend their money on a system such as this since they use very little hot water. It would be a good investment for the home but would cost more than they could recoup through their use of it.