The benefits of a solar hot water system exceed the seemingly prohibitive initial investment to acquire the unit.
But given the current state of our atmosphere, the impending scarcity of fossil fuels, the anticipated increases in their cost, and the availability of newer but affordable technology, solar panels are a more logical choice for water and space heating. Below is a list that enumerates the benefits of a solar hot water system.
- Solar energy is renewable energy. It is widely acknowledged that the present level of fossil fuels would not be able to support all of our energy needs for very long. This is the premise for the shift to more promising sources of energy that could support the world’s population in the future. The sun can be harnessed and exploited, but it will remain a relatively infinite source of power.
- Solar energy is clean energy. One of the benefits of a solar hot water system is its lack of contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. While many argue that energy derived from the sun does not leave behind any carbon footprint, others point out that the technology used to manufacture solar panels and their accessories are not particularly in keeping with the ‘green’ movement.
That is a point to consider, but keep in mind that, with due diligence, the equipment for solar water heater could last up to 30 years. The accumulation of debris will not be as severe when compared to trash left behind by short-lived equipment like gas and electric water heaters.