If you're like most people, when your hot water heater fails, you replace it with another one of the same variety. If you had a gas heater, you buy another gas one. If you had an electric one, you buy another electric one. However, this is one situation where it can really pay to not be like most people. Set yourself apart, and replace your old hot water heater with a solar water heater. This system uses the heat from the sun to warm your water, and it has a lot of benefits — for you and for others.
1. Solar water heaters do not rely on fossil fuels.
Fossil fuels, like natural gas, are in limited supply. If you choose a gas water heater, you will be directly using fossil fuels to warm your water. If you choose an electric water heater, the electricity the unit used was probably generated by burning oil or natural gas, too. Solar water heaters, however, do not burn any fossil fuels. They instead depend on sunlight, which is an unlimited resource. This is better for everyone as it helps the earth's supply of fossil fuels last a little bit longer.
2. Solar water heaters don't promote climate change.
Do you know what else burning fossil fuels can do? It releases greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change. By choosing a solar hot water heater, you will be reducing your home's production of greenhouse gasses and doing your part to help preserve the planet. This is good for your own health and future, as well as the health and future of all other humans.
3. Solar water heaters save you money on energy.
Sunlight is free. You do not have to pay for it as you have to pay for natural gas or electricity. Therefore, switching to a solar water heater will save you some money on your utility bills every month. You can use plenty of hot water without worrying about the cost.
4. Solar water heaters earn you more when you sell your home.
You're not the only one who wants a solar water heater. Homebuyers like these appliances, too. If you do sell your home, you can earn more for it and enjoy some return on your investment.
Solar water heaters are becoming more popular and for good reason. Consider getting quotes for a few of these units and having one installed in your own home.