Solar Water Heating for Homeowners
Solar water heating, also commonly called solar hot water or solar thermal, is the solar technology used to heat water using thermal energy.
Instead of producing electricity, such as solar electric, solar hot water systems transfer thermal energy to preheat the water in your water tank. As a result, you don’t need to use as much gas or electricity to heat up your hot water and you reduce your utility bills and save money.
Oregonians typically spend 20 to 30 percent of their energy dollars to heat water. A solar water-heating system should reduce that by 50 percent or more. During the summer, your existing system may not even turn on.