The Low Down On Green Living
June 2nd, 2008
We’d like to tip our hat to Hawaii: they have recently passed a law that requires all new homes to have solar hot water heaters starting in 2010. Hawaii is the first state requiring these highly energy-efficient devices.
Solar water heaters typically cost about several thousand dollars, which can be rolled into the home’s mortgage. You can also qualify for both state and federal tax credits, further reducing the price tag. They are 2-3x as efficient as solar photovoltaic panels, so if you’re thinking of going solar this is the place to start!
The solar heaters provide clean, renewable energy and will save their owners thousands of dollars over the years on their electricity bills. They can reduce electricity or natural gas costs between 20-40 percent, and often pay for themselves in 5-7 years.
We hope more states will join Hawaii in promoting this economical form of renewable energy!
To learn more about solar hot water heaters, click here.
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