In the summer, solar hot water heaters in Vermont meet almost 100% of household hot water requirements; in the winter, about 30%. Here’s a real-world, real-time example.
It’s about 40ºF here in Colchester, Vermont on the morning of March 29th. Not a promising day for solar hot water heaters you might think. But you might be surprised.
Thanks to the wonders of electronics and the internet, we’re able to check in on one of our Sunward solar hot water heaters in Shelburne. It’s cold and cloudy in Shelburne too, but the system is working just fine, and has already raised the water temperature by 17ºF this morning.
That means less fuel oil used to provide hot water. Less carbon emitted. Less money spent on hot water.
For the month to date, this Sunward hot water heater has avoided 143 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions and saved $16 on oil bills. And fully 34% of the home’s hot water requirements have been provided by the sun.
Want to heat your hot water with the sun? Check out Co-op Solar, our simple and affordable solar hot water program.