Solar Water Heaters

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Fact Sheet

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An average household with an electric water heater spends about 25% of its home energy costs on heating water. Solar water heater economics compare quite favorably with conventional water heaters and use a pollution-free form of renewable energy.

Although the initial cost of solar water heaters is higher than that of conventional water heaters, the fuel is free, and when the environmental benefits are factored in, solar water heaters are clearly a worthwhile investment.

Download this fact sheet from Build It Green to learn about how solar water heaters work and how they compare to conventional water heaters in the categories of:

  • Energy use
  • Lifecycle costs
  • LEED credits
  • Energy performance
  • Resource impacts
  • Cost
  • Installation
  • Maintenance

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