Getting Help With Your Solar Water Heater

Part 13 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. American Solar Energy Society (ASES) 2400 Central Avenue, Suite G-1 Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: (303) 443-3130 Fax: (303) 443-3212 E-mail: [email protected] Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) Public Affairs Division Phone: (321) 638-1015 Fax: (321) 638-1010 E-mail: [email protected] National […]

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Permits, inspections, warranties, insurance or maintenance agreements for a solar water heater??

Part 12 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. Will I need any permits or inspections? If you live in a community with a homeowners association, check to see if any approvals, permits, or inspections are required. Always obtain the necessary approvals from the association before beginning construction. Homeowners associations, towns, cities, and counties usually […]

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Do I need a conventional system as a backup?

Part 11 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. Whether you need a backup system for your solar thermal system depends largely on the type of system you choose and where you live. Solar water-heating systems almost always require a backup system for cloudy days and times of increased demand. This backup system is typically a […]

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How do I choose among bids for my solar water heater? Is the least expensive the best deal?

Part 10 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. It is usually a good idea to get more than one bid for installation of your solar system. Make sure that all the bids you receive are based on the same information and requirements. For example, comparing a bid for a system mounted on your roof […]

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How do I choose among solar thermal system providers?

Part 9 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. One way to choose a contractor is to check your list of potential companies for the ones nearest you. Ask them what products and services they offer. Here are a few questions you might want to ask potential vendors. Has your company installed solar thermal systems […]

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Who sells and installs solar thermal systems?

Part 8 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. Depending on your area, the simplest way to find a solar thermal systems contractor is to look in the yellow pages under “Solar Energy Equipment and Systems—Dealers.” Most of the listings will probably be for solar water heating, photovoltaic (solar electric), or electric systems contractors. You […]

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What are the maintenance issues and repair costs for a solar thermal system?

Part 7 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. The costs of maintaining your solar thermal system depend on the type of technology you choose and how often temperatures in your area fall below freezing. Properly maintaining your system will keep it running smoothly. Passive systems do not require much maintenance. For active systems, discuss […]

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How can I finance the cost of my solar thermal system? Are there incentives?

Part 6 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. Financing Financing the cost of your solar thermal system is not as tricky as it may seem. Although some special programs are available to help you purchase solar thermal technologies, most of the financing options are familiar ones. One common way to finance a solar system […]

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How much money will my solar thermal system save, and how much will it cost?

Part 5 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. Your savings depend on how your solar system will be used, as well as the size and type of your system. Other factors can include the climate, the contractor, and the system rating. Your state may offer solar rebates or other incentives that will reduce costs. […]

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How big should my solar thermal system be, and which features should I look for?

Part 4 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. Some of the answers to questions about system size and features depend on how you plan to use the solar system. Here, you’ll find general information on sizing systems for water heating, swimming pools, and space heating. To locate more specific information, please see Getting help. […]

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Investing in Solar Thermal Technologies

Part 3 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. Why should I invest in a solar thermal system? The first question many people ask when considering a home expense is, “How much will it cost?” The answer depends on the type of system, how you want to use it (water or pool heating, for example), […]

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Background: Heat Your Water With The Sun

Part 2 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. What is solar heating? Solar heaters, or solar thermal systems, provide environmentally friendly heat for household water, space heating, and swimming pools. The systems collect the sun’s energy to heat air or a fluid. The air or fluid then transfers solar heat directly or indirectly to […]

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Heat Your Water With The Sun

Part 1 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. Would you like to learn more about how the sun can help meet your home’s heating needs without straining your budget? Today’s solar heating systems not only keep swimming pools warm— they can also heat much of your home’s water and interior space. Their popularity is […]

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