Are solar water heaters worth the investment? Arizona homeowners commonly ask this question. Thanks to the warm climate in Peoria and throughout the greater Phoenix metro area, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” A solar water heater offers more benefits than most home improvements and can even deliver a significant return on your investment. Here are a few of the many reasons why it makes dollars and sense to make the switch.
Did you know? Solar water heaters may seem like new technology, but they’ve actually been commercially available since the late 1800s.
Perhaps, the most important benefit of a solar water heater is that you’re going to save money each month on your electric bill. In colder, less sunny areas of the United States, solar water heaters need to be augmented considerably by water-heating electricity. This means the cost-savings is less impressive. However, Arizona homeowners can expect a water-heating bill decrease of 90 percent or more! In hard numbers, you can expect to save $50 or more per month, depending on your family’s size and average water usage. You may also be able to reduce the cost of your initial investment. There are utility rebates, as well as federal and state tax incentives that can help make a solar water heater very affordable.
Reduction in Your Carbon Footprint
By relying on the sun to heat your water, you are also conserving nonrenewable fuels every time you turn on your shower, washing machine or dishwasher. This results in a corresponding reduction in pollution. Thus, a 90 percent decrease in energy use results in a 90 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. Over time, this really adds up!
Increased Home Value
Installing a solar water heater definitely increases a home’s value in sunny Arizona. In fact, homeowners often regain the full cost of their investment once they sell because homeowners will pay a premium for green energy features, such as a solar water heater.
Like with any home improvement, it’s important to weigh the cost of the investment versus the benefits. You’ll also want to consider your community’s building codes and regulations, as well as the construction of your roof. Ideally, solar thermal collectors should face south to maximize the amount of solar radiation reaching the collectors. You will also want to ensure there is plenty of space on the roof that isn’t obstructed by shade, trees, electrical cables or vents. Your best bet is to work with a professional solar water heater installer who can help ensure you gain the full benefits of this smart home improvement. Call the experts at Cool Blew today to find out more about the benefits of solar water heaters.