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Why You Should Consider A Solar Hot Water Heater

by Chris Bowman

If your old hot water heater has seen better days, you may have considered getting a replacement before the old one breaks down. There are new types of hot water heaters that run on solar energy that can be a viable option. While the hot water heater will cost more money initially, it can save you money over time. Cost savings are not the only reason to consider a tank though. Consider these 5 benefits of a solar hot water heater.


Whenever you are harnessing the power of the sun to power your home, you are going to be saving money on your natural gas or electricity usage. You can expect to save 50%-80% of your water heating costs, which is a significant amount.

Tax Credits

You'll want to make sure that the solar hot water heater that you purchase qualifies for federal tax credits, so you can get additional money back to help pay for it. Some requirements are that the water heater must be certified from the SRCC (Solar Rating and Certification Corporation), and that at least 50% of the energy used to heat the tank is solar energy.

Your tax credit will cover 30% of the total cost of the tank and installation, as long as it is done before the end of 2016. There may also be tax credits or rebates from your state, city, or energy companies for installing a solar hot water heater, so look into those possibilities as well.

CO2 Emission Free

A solar hot water heater does not use combustion gasses, such as CO2, when running the tank. This makes it a very environmentally friendly choice, which is also safe for those living in your home.


You can expect to get a long life out of a solar hot water heater, with them lasting 20 years on average. This is much longer than a gas tank, which only lasts between 6-12 years. Even though a solar hot water heater costs more, you will not have to replace tank as often.

Minimum Maintenance

The tank itself should not require much maintenance, but you will still occasionally need to drain the tank to clear out sediment that has collected at the bottom. The solar panel itself should be inspected yearly just to make sure that there are no loose wires or cracked panels. You should have the entire system inspected every 5 years to increase its lifespan.

Think a solar powered hot water heater is right for your home? Contact a local plumber like Brother's Plumbing to have them install it.