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Benefits of Solar Heating Today, solar heating is becoming more important than ever before. As reserves of gas and oil shrink, these fuels become more expensive to heat our homes. Burning natural gas and oil in our heating systems also causes air pollution. Even electric water and space heaters cause air pollution directly or indirectly.  Therefore if more people used solar energy to heat the air and water in their homes, our environment would be cleaner. Savings Modern domestic water systems are reasonably priced.  Their paybacks are typically 5 - 7 years, depending upon the fuel displaced (electric or gas). Long Term Benefits Solar water heaters offer long-term benefits that go beyond simple economics. In addition to having free hot water after the system has paid for itself in reduced utility bills, you will protect yourself from future fuel shortages and price increases. Solar heaters provide additional supplies of hot water for the entire family. Environmental Benefits Solar water heaters do not pollute. By investing in one, you will be avoiding carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and the other air pollution and wastes created when your utility generates power or you burn fuel to heat your household water. When a solar water heater replaces an electric water heater, the electricity displaced over 20 years represents more than 50 tons of avoided carbon dioxide emissions alone. Carbon dioxide traps heat in the upper atmosphere, thus contributing to the greenhouse effect.
Solar thermal also can save you money on radiant floor heating as well as pool and hot tub water heating. Home Solar PV Solarthermal Gallery Resource Links Contact Solarthermal Reduce your hot water costs with a solar thermal system and see savings of 20 to 25%+ over electric water heating.