How Much Can You Save With Solar Hot Water?

Solar water heaters will reduce your dependence on fossil fuels and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar hot water systems consist of a storage cylinder and solar collectors connected by pipes; their configuration varies, with integrated collector storage (ICS) systems being the simplest option.


Solar hot water can help lower energy bills significantly, but how much savings will depend on factors like household population size and local climate/solar potential, incentives & rebates, and any available rebates or incentives. Most people will see their monthly water heating costs decline; the exact figure may differ according to each person’s circumstance.

Solar water heaters come in all shapes and sizes to meet different climates and household needs, and consulting a specialist will help you make an informed decision. They’ll assess your roof space, the layout of your house, and any issues that might impede the performance of the system; furthermore, they will explain active/passive systems, as well as whether a heat pump might be necessary to supply enough hot water flow.

Solar hot water systems include a tank, heat pump, and solar panels. The solar panels collect sunlight and convert it to thermal energy that is transferred via a pump into the tank via thermal storage technology, where it will remain until needed during times of insufficient sun or as backup gas or electric water heater.

Solar thermal water heaters are highly reliable and require little to no maintenance, with the only exception being in homes with hard water, where mineral deposits buildup over time (known as “scaling”) could clog the system and lead to system clogging (known as “scaling”). A solar water softener could be installed instead of hardening your water supply to mitigate this issue.

As an alternative to gas and electricity, solar hot water provides your household an eco-friendly, renewable, and sustainable solution. Compared with electricity generated from coal or natural gas power stations, solar energy has a lower carbon footprint, contributing to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar water heaters typically cost approximately $9,000. Before rebates and incentives, the total price can drop considerably if eligible for income-scaled State and federal rebates. Prices also depend on system size and efficiency; larger systems will typically cost more than smaller ones.

Energy Efficiency

Solar water heating technology is among today’s most practical, affordable, and beneficial renewable energy options. It can significantly lower household energy costs in states with higher electricity and fossil fuel prices while helping mitigate climate change by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar hot water systems (SWHs) utilize solar energy to produce hot water, replacing conventional sources that are expensive and damaging to the environment. SWHs include a solar collector, a water storage tank, and connecting pipes. The collector absorbs sunlight’s radiation before sending its heat onto the storage tank, storing your hot water until you need it for consumption.

Solar hot water systems owe their effectiveness to their individual components and overall design, including how well-equipped they are with solar and photovoltaic cells. Their performance can be assessed through metrics like solar energy factor and fraction. While the solar energy factor measures how much energy a system produces about its size, fraction provides more specific measurements that take account of daily variations in water usage patterns.

Many factors impact the efficiency of solar hot water systems, including their design and layout, the type and quality of their collector, location and weather conditions, insulation of tank, pipes, and collector, and proper maintenance to keep it functioning as efficiently as possible.

Direct solar hot water systems can be effective solutions in most climates, though they require a tank above the solar collector. As such, indirect systems tend to be more popular in colder regions; their heat exchanger is protected from outside elements, so low temperatures don’t affect it as much, and their cost is often much less than those found with direct systems, with faster payback periods.

Solar hot water heating systems offer one of the most cost-effective and energy-saving strategies for households, including insulation of pipes and traditional heaters, to increase household energy efficiency. Free energy from the sun could cut water heating costs by up to 80% while eliminating fossil fuel dependence.


After installation, solar hot water systems require relatively minimal upkeep; however, for optimal results, they require regular inspection and cleaning to extend their longevity by 50-100%. Pipes carrying solar energy to and from the storage tank should be checked for signs of corrosion or leaks; draining collectors should be done periodically as well as flushing the tank to remove mineral deposits that accumulate and prevent clogs; additionally, solar collectors and tanks should be assessed to ensure sufficient insulation that minimizes heat loss.

Inspection and Replacement: Sacrificial Anodes Regular inspection or recharge of your sacrificial anode is necessary, as it will need to be replaced or recharged every few years. Inspect and clean your solar panels regularly to remove dust, bird droppings, or other debris that could reduce their efficiency by blocking sunlight from reaching them – you may use a soft brush if necessary to clear away buildup on glass surfaces and clean away buildup from dust accumulations.

Solar hot water storage tanks are essential in protecting solar energy generated by panels, so they should be regularly drained and flushed to remove sediment buildup and check the insulation around their pipes for potential heat loss issues.

Testing its temperature pressure relief valve is essential to maintaining a solar hot water system. This device protects against overheating by releasing water when temperatures surpass 140degF; annual or manufacturer-recommended tests should be conducted.

Solar professionals typically perform maintenance on solar water heaters by lubricating parts, replacing antifreeze and corroded components, inspecting for signs of leakage or damage to roof and panel mounting systems, tightening and sealing all connections, draining excess water out of tanks every year to avoid freeze damage, purging excess water out, purging its pipes of contaminants such as debris buildup. They may also recommend draining/purging excess water out to ensure optimal performance from this device; repairs for frozen heaters typically range between $150-500 depending on the extent of damage and whether repairs can safely be conducted during repairs.

Tax Credit

Solar hot water systems can help save money and protect the environment simultaneously. Still, before investing in one, it is essential to understand their costs and any government or utility company incentives that could make going solar easier. Examples of Utility Rebates and Federal Tax Credits are available. Furthermore, filing Form 5695 with the IRS allows users to claim these tax credits. Credits for solar systems depend on both their energy output and equipment used, with qualifying systems certified by Solar Rating and Certification Corporation or similar bodies for performance certification. Credits may also be applied toward biomass stoves and furnaces, geothermal heat pumps, solar photovoltaic and thermal systems that generate electricity or heat water, geothermal heat pumps as well as solar photovoltaic/thermal hybrid systems that generate electricity/heat water, churches/schools/nonprofits which qualify for these measures. There is no lifetime limit – homes, churches/schools/nonprofits can all take advantage of this credit, with any excess credits being carried over into future years. If the credit exceeds what taxes are owed, then any excess portion can be carried over to next year’s tax bill!

Tax credits can be combined with other renewable energy incentives, such as state and local rebates. They may also be combined with net metering payments from your utility for the excess power you generate; however, certain financial incentives such as cashback or loans could reduce credit eligibility or amounts. For more information on these tax credits, please consult IRS Form 5695 instructions as well as consult a qualified tax professional.

Selecting an experienced solar contractor can be instrumental in switching to solar energy. Partner with a company that works with the IRS and solar systems – such as TEO Solar! Our team has over three decades of experience helping homeowners maximize their investments while taking advantage of federal solar tax credits and other incentives. Contact us now to see how we can help make going solar easier than ever – while helping reduce energy bills!

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