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Have an old water heater? Upgrade.

March 17, 2010

Your average gas or electric water heater is good for 12-18 years, and after that it is a good idea to look into replacing it. There are a lot of options available these days for water heaters fortunately. Solar water heaters are the most “green” of available options, and even within solar water heaters there are several various systems to choose from. You should consult your contractor to find your best option.

Solar water heaters work very well in Missouri, contrary to some myths out there. The Columbia Water and Light website has information on how to save money when buying a solar water heater and choosing the right system. Systems can cost between $3,000 and $5,000.

Some of the benefits of the solar water heater:
-Immediately increase the value of your home.
-Solar water heaters last over 25 years
-Save an estimated 80% on water heating costs
-Reduce fossil fuels being burned and contribute to a sustainable future
-Your water could actually stay hot longer!
-There’s a back up system in case the sun is gone for too long

There are other options that reduce gas or electric use, but none to the extent of a solar water heater. Some technologies like tankless water heaters or energy efficient electric heaters can reduce electricity costs by 55% or gas costs by 30% and they have lower up-front costs than the solar option, but these don’t offer the same level of sustainability, lifetime, or cost savings as solar water heaters.

Upgrading to a more efficient unit is a great idea for saving money and reducing environmental impact, and you should choose the option that is best for you.

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