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Blog/Opinion: Making a Case for Solar Hot Water Heating

By HHI Staff

Hot water is typically 20-25% of a home’s energy expense,” said Carl Simpson of Renewable Energy Northwest.  “Solar hot water energy generation often cuts conventional energy bills in half, and current government incentives greatly reduce net installation costs. In Boise, Idaho, typical payback on a solar hot water system is 1 year compared to heating with propane, 2 years compared to heating with electric, and 3 years compared to heating with natural gas. With the sun heating your household water, one of your main expenses is just running the water-circulation pump at perhaps $1 per month. The payback is clear for many homeowners." For more information, email, visit and/or


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Making a Case for Solar Hot Water Heating:  Created on November 2nd, 2013.  Last Modified on March 10th, 2015


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