Using solar energy to provide hot water for your home or business is one of the simplest and most straightforward ways to save money on utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint! And with over 16 years of experience of designing and installing solar energy systems on Long Island, our team at Solar Dad & Sons can help you find the perfect solution for your property.
How Solar Hot Water Works
Solar-powered hot water is accomplished through utilizing what we in the industry refer to as “solar thermal” technology. Typically, this means placing special panels called flat plate collectors on your roof. These collectors are designed to capture the sun’s energy, which is then used to heat a fluid (such as a non-toxic antifreeze).
That heated fluid flows through a highly insulated piping system to your hot water heater, where it is then able to raise the water’s temperature for your household use. This method of collecting and targeted distributing of the sun’s heat is incredibly efficient, and can work well year-round—even in seasonal climates such as ours here on Long Island.
Advantages of Solar Hot Water
Save Money With Lower Utility Bills
Solar thermal technology is more efficient and cost-effective than traditional oil-heated water. Since your home’s solar thermal system generates the vast majority of its own energy, you won’t have to pay the utility company for nearly as much oil or electricity that traditional, non-solar water heaters rely on. (During lengthy spells of cloudy weather, most solar thermal systems do allow you to utilize traditional energy as a back-up.)
Reduce Your Environmental Impact
Instead of relying primarily on fossil fuels, solar hot water depends on the sun: a free, clean, and constantly replenishing source of energy! If living in a responsible, environmentally friendly manner is important to you, solar hot water is one of the easiest and most effective changes you can make in your daily life.
Take Advantage of Tax Credits & Rebates
New York offers significant tax credits for investing in solar energy systems, including solar hot water. You’ll be eligible to save 25% of your cost, up to $5,000, when you install a solar hot water system. Other federal and local credits and rebates may be available as well, and our experienced team at Solar Dad & Sons can help you identify your eligibility.
Why Choose Solar Dad & Sons for Your Solar Thermal Needs?
At Solar Dad & Sons, we’ve been designing and installing solar thermal systems for Long Island homes and businesses for over 17 years. Factors like the pitch of your roof, layout of your home, and shade from neighboring trees or buildings can all affect the efficiency of your solar thermal system, so a custom solution is always best. Our experienced team will visit your property to conduct a thorough evaluation, and design a custom system specifically suited to meet your needs.
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