• Reduce energy costs
  • Prolong HVAC life
  • Cooler home in summer, warmer home in winter

Hot Water Heater 'Blanket'

Newer heaters have relatively high insulation, so to see if an Insulation Blanket is right for you, just put your hand on the outside of the heater. If it feels warm, then you can save money by wrapping it.

The water in the tank is heated up to 140 Degrees, and if it is in the basement or garage, the surrounding temperature in the winter is probably around 60 Degrees. This 80 Degree difference creates heat loss, and the blanket can save you 10% or more depending on the quality of your tank, accounting for savings of $8.35 over each month of the winter.

Water heating can account for roughly 19 percent of a home energy bill. The majority of U.S. houses have gas water heaters, but almost 40 percent use doubly expensive electric systems. Make your water heating 'system' more efficient by not only wrapping the tank with an insulating jacket, but also insulating hot water pipes, and consider installing timer controls that switch off the heater when you’re at work or sleeping. Turn the heater off when you’re on vacation. You can also add anti-convection valves and loops, and turn the temperature down from 140 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

Solar Hot Water

Heating the water in your house accounts for about 11% of your annual energy costs. The sun generates more power in a day than all of the fossil fuels on earth, so let it heat up the water you use every day. Save an average of 80% on your hot water bill by channeling water from the rooftop panels to your existing water tank. You may be surprised at how small the panel is and how much hot water is generated even on overcast winter days. Worry-free systems have no maintenance and last decades, so savings extend well beyond ten years.

 

 

TAX CREDITS

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides you with a 30% Tax Credit for Solar Water Heaters that are put into service by the end of 2016. This tax credit item is for existing homes or new construction. This does not have to be your primary residence and it includes the cost of materials and installation.

3 KEY POINTS

  1. The tax credit cap is $1,500 on collective home improvement elements other than GeoThermal 'Ground Source' Heat Pumps, Solar Hot Water Heating, Solar Photovoltaic, and Fuel Cell systems - which each have no cap and are eligible through 2016.
  2. The tax credits for exterior 'weatherization' improvements like windows, doors and insulation do not include the cost of installation!
  3. If you reach the $1,500 cap in 2009, you are not eligible for additional tax credits in 2010.

Choose Solar Water Heaters from Florida Green Energy Solutions. Our systems meet these criteria to get the Tax Credit; and check products carefully, because in many cases an ENERGY STAR certification does not necessarily meet the tax credit requirements below:

  • At least half of the energy generated by the “qualifying property” must come from the sun. Homeowners may only claim spending on the solar water heating system property, not the entire water heating system of the household.
  • The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs.
  • The water must be used in the dwelling.
  • The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).

 

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