Solar Water Heaters

Solar Water Heater for warmer climates: ProgressivTube Solar Water Heater for moderate climates: HelioPak Solar Water Heater for cold climates: Trendsetter

ProgressivTube
for warm climate

Passive system
Easy to install and
maintain; no moving
parts
Storage tank must be
installed above or
close to collector
Uses no electricity;
will function during
blackouts
Price range:
$1,700.00 - $2,600.00

Helio-Pak for
moderate climate

Active, flat plate type
Pumps, valves and
controllers help
prevent freezing
Tanks do not need to
be installed above or
close to collectors
Uses electricity; will
not function during
blackouts
Price range:
$2,200.00 - $5,200.00

TrendSetter for
cold climate

Active system
Evacuated tube type
Heavy-duty
Residential and
commercial
Additional
applications include:
Water heating,
Radiant floor heating,
Space Heating
Price range:
$6,000.00 - $17,000.00


Solar Water Heaters are a simple and cost effective way of harnessing the sun's free energy. Solar hot water systems supply an average 80-90% of a household annual water heating needs. With nearly 1/3 of the average electric bill devoted to heating water, a solar hot water system is the best choice and smart investment you can make for your house and for the environment. Energy savings will pay for the system in three to five years.

  • Financial rebates available
  • Easy Do-It-Yourself Kits
  • Professional installations
  • Low Investment - High Return
  • Savings pay for system in 3-5 years

Compare Solar to Conventional Water Heater

SOLAR WATER HEATER:
FREE energy from the Sun
STANDARD WATER HEATER:
COSTLY gas or electric
Annual operating cost: $50 Annual operating cost: $500+
Storage Capacity: 80-120 gal Storage Capacity: 40-50 gal
Life expectancy: 15-30 years Life expectancy: 8-12 years
Lifetime operating cost: $1,000 Lifetime operating cost: $10,000
Does NOT pollute environment Depletes fossil fuels
Increases equity in your home No added value to your home
25% return on your investment No return on utility payments
Protection from future increases At mercy of utilities/government
Hot water during blackouts! No hot water during blackouts


Benefits of Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heaters Work In Every Climate

Today's SWH technologies can be operated efficiently and affordably in any climate. Systems are specifically designed for various climatic and geographical areas of the country.

Reduce Energy Costs

By installing a SWH system, a typical household can meet 50 to 80 percent of their hot water needs. In southern climates, a SWH unit can meet nearly 100 percent of a household's hot water needs.

Proven Efficient Technology

Currently there are more than 300,000 SWH units installed across the United States (excluding swimming pool applications) and because these systems have been proven efficient and reliable, the number of installations continues to grow by the thousands every year.

Improved Environment

Reduced demand for fossil fuels will improve the environment by reducing air and water pollution as well as the heat-trapping gases that cause global warming. And though they cost a little bit more up front to install, a SWH system will save consumers money in the long run as the fuel source (the sun's energy) will always be free.

Types of Solar Water Heaters

There are two basic types of Solar Water Heaters: 

Passive

  • ProgressivTube for warm climates
  • Easy to install and maintain; has no moving parts
  • Storage tank must be installed above or close to collector
  • Uses no electricity; will function during blackouts
  • Price range: $1,700.00 - $2,600.00

Active

  • Helio-Pak for moderate climates
  • Flat plate type collector
  • Pumps, valves & controllers assist in the prevention of freezing
  • Tanks do not need to be installed above or close to collectors
  • Uses electricity; will not function during blackouts
  • Price range: $2,200.00 - $5,200.00
  • TrendSetter for cold climates
  • Evacuated tube type collectors
  • Heavy-duty residential and commercial
  • Additional applications: Radiant floor heating, Space Heating
  • Price range: $6,000.00 - $17,000.00
All solar water heaters work in every climate, but different types of heaters work best in different areas, see below:

solar water heater zone map

Commercial Applications

Condominium, hotel, nursing home
Resort, marina, sports complex
University, research facility
Park and recreational site, summer camp
Factory and Industrial site
Farm and agricultural site
▪ Remote and off grid location

 
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Cash Rebates

Using solar energy can save you money and reduce your direct impact on the environment. Federal, State and Local incentives are now available to help you achieve your goal of energy independence and to reduce your carbon footprint.


tax and utility company rebates and incentives

Plus many states are also offering substantial rebates and incentives to help you achieve your goal of energy independence and to reduce your carbon footprint.  

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