Your Solar Water Heater Questions Answered

May 20, 2013

Solar energy seems like a great way to heat the water in your home (especially in sunny Florida.) But we know you probably have questions.

You’re not alone. 

As a relatively new technology for homeowners, many have questions. Here are a few of the most common questions we receive about solar water heaters and their answers. Of course, if you have any additional questions, you can always ask one of our experts.

Can I use my existing water heater?

Unfortunately, we are not able to convert your existing gas or electric water heater into a solar water heater. In order to work with solar panels, water heaters must be built specifically for that purpose. Therefore, if you are interested in using solar energy to heat your home’s water, you will need to purchase a new solar water heater.

Aren’t solar water heaters really expensive?

Solar water heaters are more expensive than a traditional storage tank water heater. However, there are some rebates that you can use to help offset this additional cost. Here are a couple:

You can also finance your new solar water heater.

How much can I expect to save?

How much you can save on a new solar water heater depends on how much hot water you use, how efficient your current water heater is and the number of sunny days you experience.

The cost of a solar water heater may be 2.5-3 times that of a regular water heater. But in sunny Florida, it can save you about $450-$600 per year. So, you’ll make up the difference in just 3-4 years, which amounts to a 25% annual return on average.

What happens on cloudy days?

One of the shortcomings of solar energy is that it only works when the sun is out. Although that’s most days here, we do still get some cloudy days in Sarasota. 

To combat this problem, solar water heaters have a built-in backup heater for just these occasions. So, no matter what the weather is, you’ll be able to get hot water. 

Now what?

If you have more questions, you can ask our experts or give us a call at (800) 226-2636Check out our solar water heaters page to see how they work.

Or if you’re ready, you can also schedule a free estimate online.

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