Solar Water Savings

posted Dec 20, 2013, 5:42 AM by San Diego Solar   [ updated Dec 20, 2013, 5:42 AM ]
Solar Savings are huge. 
How much do you spend on gas per month now?
Savings based on steady increase and purchase of natural gas.

saving money with solar water heating
saving money with solar water heating

This chart is for a normal home which ends up spending about 20-30.00 per month in gas.
Pool and commercial water heater applications end up costing you much more per month instead of the savings with solar.
One time purchase will save you for 10-20 years to come.
If you rent your home, you can still install the solar system.
They are easily moved if needed.

Solar Hot Water Systems - Renewable Energy 4 you! You may remember your first time to witness the power of the sun when harnessed by human idea - as a child holding a magnifying glass to start a scrap of paper on fire! The power of the sun has always been used by mankind, people hanging clothes outside to dry and be bleached white by the sun. Native Americans used the sun to dry and preserve their food supplies. The sun’s heat has been used for decades to heat water for homes and businesses. At the turn of the 20th century, solar heated water systems were common in Southern California. Some countries have made their use mandatory. For example, all homes in Israel have solar hot water systems. More than one-half million solar hot water systems have been installed in the United States, mostly on single-family homes. The majority of these systems are used to heat swimming pools.

Typically, a homeowner relying on electricity to heat water could save up to $500 in the first year of operation by installing a solar water heating system. The savings over time increases due to increasing electricity rates. The average solar heating system pays for itself in four years.

Solar Water Heater Incentives
Incentives have been one of the hottest topics in the solar business since its beginning. The main purpose of the incentives is to make the solar water heater investment more appealing to the final user.
The savings that can be obtained using a solar water heater system are pretty obvious but still people are demotivated once they know they have to pay upfront some thousand dollars in order to have a system installed in their house or business.
Solar Water Heating (SWH) systems can help protect consumers against future gas and electricity shortages as well as price increases. They help preserve the environment by eliminating carbon dioxide emissions and reducing harmful pollutants.

This year the City of San Diego is offering a plan of incentives that will benefit residential, commercial and industrial customers in the area served by SDG&E.
The SWH Pilot Program has an overall incentive budget of $1,500,000, of which $900,000 will be allocated for prescriptive systems (residential and small commercial systems) and $600,000 for area method systems (large commercial and innovative systems).
Any retail electric customer of SDG&E is eligible to install a solar water heating project and receive incentives from the SWH Pilot Program. SWH systems must assist existing water heaters. New construction is not eligible for the program due to evaluation requirements for energy usage history.
For residential systems, the maximum incentive is $1500 per dwelling and varies according to the system installed and other installation details. For commercial and industrial the incentive is function of the size of the system and can go up to 75000$.
For more information about this program, consult the SWH Pilot Program Handbook available from the CCSE’s SWH Pilot Program web page.