How Does a Solar Hot Water system work?
Solar Hot Water is one of the most efficient uses of solar energy. Solar water heaters (also known as solar thermal) supply the hot water needed for domestic use such as bathing, cooking, dish washing and laundry.
- Solar thermal is the collection, storage, and use of energy from sunshine to generate hot water.
- Flat Plate Collectors turn solar radiation into heat. A non-toxic fluid running through the collector picks up this heat and transfers it to the storage tank.
- Controllers provide automatic system control and shows your system’s yield and temperature.
- Your new solar-generated hot water (90 – 140 degrees) replaces the cold water supply (50 – 58 degrees) to your existing hot water system, reducing the amount of work your “conventional system” has to do to satisfy your preference for hot water at your showers, sinks, laundry, etc.
- Solar should satisfy all of your summer hot water needs and 65% of your annual hot water requirements.
- New York State and Federal Tax Credits reduce the cost by 55%.
A Solar Hot Water can save homeowners about 175 gallons of oil a year!