The recent boom in solar technology for home energy needs has led to specialized projects for homeowners looking to save money yet not wanting to completely cover their roof with solar panels.
As we celebrate Earth Day this week, the Post Remodeling and Handyman Services team spent the day in Newtown Square installing a new solar hot water system.
The new Rheem solar water heater (pictured) allows a family of four who have been using a conventional hot water heater to save several hundred dollars yearly. The systems produce about 2/3 of their hot water needs. Larger families who use more hot water will save more. With rebates, this usually represents about a 10 year payback on the investment.
To complete the project effectively, the following best practices were observed:
- Paint all pipe insulation with UV protector and another coat to blend with house.
- Seal penetrations where pipes enter house.
- Insulate all pipes from panels to tank.
- Insulate hot water pipes in home.
- Always use safety gear such as eye & ear protection and gloves. Safety harnesses should be used on roofs with pitch.
Looking to explore a solar installation at your house? Get a free in-home estimate from Post Remodeling today!
Curious about how solar water heaters work? See the below diagram for more information.