Choosing a Solar Water Heating System

Broward Solar provides Solar Water Heaters, Solar Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps to the residents and businesses of South Florida

What are the key facts about Solar Water Heating Systems?

There are two types of solar water heating systems, active and passive, that pump hot water heated by the sun into your home.

  • Direct circulation systems: Pumps circulate household water through the collectors and into the home.
  • Integral collector-storage passive systems: Made of a storage tank, solar collection tank, and the pipes that run between them, these systems require cold water to be pumped into the solar collector in batches.

To size your solar water heating system determine the total collector area as well as the storage volume you’ll need to meet 90%–100% of your household’s hot water needs.

To properly maintain a solar water heating system check for scaling and corrosion.

While solar water heating systems tend to cost more to install than conventional water heating systems, they can usually save you money in the long run.

Read the short article – it is helpful!
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/everything-you-wanted-know-about-solar-water-heating-systems

Broward Solar Inc. – Your choice for South Florida Solar Water Heating Services.
1090 NE 48th Court, Ft Lauderdale, Florida 33334
Broward – (954) 492-9939 – Palm Beach (561) 347-0179 – Toll Free: (800) 757-8414

Broward Solar provides Solar Water Heaters, Solar Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps to the residents and businesses of South Florida.

Palm Beach Solar Water Heating Sales & Service

Broward Solar provides Solar Water Heaters, Solar Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps to the residents and businesses of South FloridaBroward Solar provides Solar Water Heaters, Solar Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps to the residents and businesses of Palm Beach in South Florida

Go green with solar water heating – save money, protect the environment and be self sufficient

Clean energy based upon free, limitless power from the sun. Proven,  cost-effective solar technologies can heat your water, keep your swimming pool warm, and power your home.

A Solar Water Heating System can eliminate up to one third of your annual electric bill.

Request a Free Estimate for a Solar Water Heating System from Broward Solar
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Broward Solar Inc. – Your choice for South Florida Solar Water Heating Services
1090 NE 48th Court, Ft Lauderdale, Florida 33334
Broward – (954) 492-9939 – Palm Beach (561) 347-0179 – Toll Free: (800) 757-8414

Making Solar Power Work For Your Miami Home

by Jessica Ramer – May 2, 2012 3:00 AM

South Florida, with its nearly year-round sun, is the perfect location for clean, quiet, renewable solar energy. Solar energy is not only eco-friendly, it is great for post-hurricane power outages. Because this form of energy can be a bit expensive, going solar — in whole or in part — requires careful planning.

1. Decide if solar power is really for you. Visit the website sponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association and use its calculator to help determine how much your solar project will cost you. A South Florida family hoping to obtain 25 percent of its power from the sun typically spends at least $8,000. If you want to go totally solar, the cost will likely be more than $40,000. If you are in the market for a solar hot water heater, you may spend about $4,500. In contrast, a basic electric water heater may be purchased for less than $250.

2. Take advantage of tax credit and rebates. The federal government offers a tax credit for installing solar panels or solar water heaters. An additional incentive is that Florida does not charge sales tax for solar-powered equipment. Remember, too, that you will recoup part of your investment through reduced electric bills. According to Alan Towsley of Sunworks, a family of four will typically use enough hot water to pay for the cost of the system within three to seven years.

3. Reduce your energy usage. You will need to purchase fewer electricity-producing photovoltaic cells if you use less power. Replace standard light bulbs with LEDs, which last longer than standard bulbs and use less power. Unplug items you rarely use, as they consume power even when they are turned off, and invest in good insulation.

4. Do your homework. Research the process of going solar carefully so you know what you may reasonably expect. Get bids from at least three fully licensed companies. Also look into tax credits and rebates from your power company that can make financing the project easier.

5. Think small. Consider buying simple, low-cost solar devices for your home if you are not ready to invest in big-ticket items. You may purchase a good solar cooker for about $300. With a solar oven, you can bake without heating up your entire house — and running the air conditioner to counteract the heat. Another useful item for hurricane-prone South Florida is a solar battery charger for cell phones and laptops. Prices vary by photovoltaic cells used, but some are available for less than $200.

Here are some experts in the area who may be able to help you get started.

Broward Solar Inc.
1090 N.E. 48 Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
(954) 492-9939
browardsolar.com

Broward Solar, a family-owned business with more than three decades of experience, specializes in standard water heaters and pool heaters for both homes and businesses.

Miami Water Heater
1324 N.W. 29 St.
Miami, FL 33142
(305) 633-2656
miamiwaterheater.com

This full-service, family owned company has been in business since 1949. In addition to offering conventional water heaters, it also features a full line of solar water heaters and storage tanks.

Sunworks
22251 S.W. 87 Place
Cutler Bay, FL 33190
(305) 232-5580
sunworks-miami.com

Established in 1982, Sunworks is a fully licensed and insured solar contractor. This company offers a full line of solar products, including hot water heaters and pool heaters. It also installs photovoltaic cells for people who are looking to go off the grid altogether.

Article by Jessica Ramer
A certified math teacher who has taught at both the high school and community college level. She currently resides in Fort Lauderdale. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

Article Reference:
http://miami.cbslocal.com/top-lists/making-solar-power-work-for-your-miami-home/