Should I get a solar water heater?

20 January 2012
If somebody offered you free gas for your car, you’d gratefully accept. So why are you turning down free hot water for your home?

Up to 15 percent of your energy bill goes to heat water—but it doesn’t have to. The sun can do it for free.

When it’s time to replace your water heater, consider installing a solar version. Don’t let the price tag—several thousand dollars compared with several hundred for a conventional water heater—scare you off. By the time you claim your federal and state tax credits and get your APS rebate as an incentive for installing such an energy-efficient device, you’ll pay as little as $1,000 out of pocket for your fancy new system if your water use is average.


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