Using Energy from the Sun
The Earth receives more energy from the sun in just one hour than the entire population of the planet uses in a year. Sunlight helps power life on our planet with energy that is clean, abundant and reliable. Using solar energy to heat the water of your commercial or multi-family building is a natural way to conserve resources and protect the environment.
How Solar Water Heating Works
Solar water heating uses sun to heat your hot water. It is a companion system that works in conjunction with your current water heater to collect energy from the sun to preheat water for sinks, showers, baths, dishwashers and washing machines. Heat is collected from the sun and transferred into a storage tank, your conventional water heater then draws the heated water out of solar storage—and boosts the temperature, if necessary—when there is a demand for hot water. Using the sun this way reduces the amount of conventional energy that is needed to heat your water.
The Benefits of Solar Water Heating
When you use a solar water heating system, you can:
- Reduce your carbon footprint
A solar water heating system can significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which trap heat in our atmosphere and contribute to the greenhouse effect.
- Conserve energy
Solar water heating reduces the amount of energy used to heat your water. This not only helps to conserve natural resources—it can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your property.
- Increase the value of your property
Solar water heating systems can increase the resale value of your property. Often, the entire installation cost of the system can be recovered when you sell your property.