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Are Solar Water Heaters a Good Investment?

Today, solar energy is as flexible as any source of energy. With current solar technology, we can use the power of the Sun to run most important appliances. One excellent example: the solar water heater.

If you are thinking of gradually moving into the world of solar power, we recommend a solar water heater as your first step. We’ll explain why we think putting your money into a new solar water heater is an excellent investment. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has solar power specialists on staff to answer all your questions about solar water heaters in Shoreline, WA.

The benefits of a solar water heater

As with any device that uses solar power, the major benefit of a solar-powered water heater is that the energy from the Sun costs nothing. It’s 100% free. You have to spend money on the technology to capture the Sun’s radiant power, but there is no price tag on the fuel you draw from the Sun. It’s renewable as well—you don’t have to worry about running out of power.

Solar water heaters cost less than other solar installations, which is one reason we often recommend them to people who are getting started with alternative, green energy sources. Where larger solar power systems can require 5–7 years before they pay back their installation costs with their efficiency, water heaters take less time to begin saving you money—and they can last anywhere from 15 to 40 years. Once you’re past the payback period, you’re basically getting free hot water.

In 2005, the U.S. government started offering a tax credit of up to 30% off the cost of solar water heater installation. The rebate does not apply to swimming pool heaters, and you will need to have your system certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation before you receive the credit.

Investing in a solar water heater is also an investment in the planet’s future. According to studies, the annual carbon dioxide of standard residential water heaters in North America is roughly equal to that from cars and trucks. This means that installing a solar water heater is equivalent to purchasing an electric car when it comes to the environment.

In order to receive the full benefits of a solar water heater, you need to have experts size it so it will be able to supply the necessary amount of hot water for your family’s needs, and install it so it will run efficiently. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. can take care of all the steps for you, and we also have excellent repair and maintenance services. When you want to go solar, start with one of our solar water heaters in Shoreline, WA.

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