Salt Lake City Solar Water Heaters
Our water heaters are a major contributor to the amount of money we pay on our utility bills each month. The Department of Energy estimates that heating the water you use around your home can account for around 12% of your family’s utility bill. There are several small steps that you can take, such as fixing leaks and shortening your shower time, that can help reduce this cost. But to really put a major dent in your water heating costs, you need to try something different. Solar water heaters, or solar domestic hot water systems, are an effective way to reduce the amount of money that you are spending on heating water in your home. Action Plumbing, Heating & Air is your resource for solar water heaters in Salt Lake City, UT.
What Are Solar Water Heaters?
Rather than relying on typical energy sources like gas and electricity to heat your home’s water, these systems rely on the sun. The system works by installing a flat-plate solar panel collector on your roof in an optimal area for absorbing the sun’s rays. Heat is then transferred to your storage tank which can be used for your shower, tub, dishwasher, sink, and other household items.
Contrary to what you might assume, you don’t have to live in an area that is sunny 100% of the time to use a solar water heater. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) estimates that 40 percent of homes in the United States have adequate access to the sun to install one of these systems. You’ll also have a backup power system that you can use on cloudy days or when the demand for hot water is higher.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost to install a Salt Lake City solar hot water heater is typically between $1,500 and $3,500. But the amount of money that you will save on your utility bills could help you recoup the cost of your investment within four to eight years. The exact amount you will save depends on your current heater, but the amount could reach 50%, according to a 2006 study by ENERGY STAR.
These systems can also last between 15 to 40 years, which results in a dramatic savings over a long period of time.
Action Plumbing in Salt Lake City, UT
If you want to have a solar water heater installed in your Salt Lake City home, call Action Plumbing today! We can take care of the complete installation process, show you how your new system works, and answer any questions that you may have. Give us a call now and start seeing the savings for yourself!