Money-Saving Solar Water Heating Systems for Residents of Tampa, FL
Solar water heating systems can be found in an ever-growing number of homes in Tampa, Florida, and across the country. Their rise in popularity comes as more and more homeowners look for ways to save money and be kinder to the environment. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), investing in a solar water heater can make excellent economic sense. It can be an especially good move if the water heater you currently have runs off electricity, since an electric water heater generally costs more to operate than one that runs off natural gas. Though savings do, of course, vary, the NREL estimates that you can shrink the size of your monthly water bill by 50 to 85 percent by “going solar” and investing in a solar water heating system.
While it’s true that buying a solar water heater for your home in Tampa, FL, is going to be more expensive than buying a traditional gas or electric system, a solar water heater is always going to be your less expensive option over time. This is where the concept of “payback” comes in. Payback is simply the amount of time that is required to fully recoup the cost of an investment. The NREL reports that the payback for a solar water heater can be anywhere between four and eight years. After it has paid for itself through lower water heating costs, the system will deliver truly free hot/heated water for the rest of its operational life. A well-designed and well-maintained solar water heater can last as long as 40 years, considerably longer than a gas or electric system that has to be replaced once a decade.
Want to “go solar”? If so, contact Florida Energy Water & Air, an installer of solar water heating systems serving Tampa, FL.