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These days you hear about all kinds of ideas and initiatives to save energy and our planet’s resources, and one of my favorites is solar water heating. These systems allow you to take advantage of the sun’s natural heat, and transfer it to the water in your home.
Solar water heating systems won’t provide all the hot water you may need, unless you live in an extreme southern climate. But for most folks, it can take care of about 50 to 80 percent of your hot water needs. When you realize that water heating is usually the number two energy user in your home, then solar energy and solar heating really makes a big difference.
And even though these systems use some energy, the cost to operate them is only about 10 percent of a conventional water heating system.