Solar Hot Water

Solar Hot Water Heaters in Maine

Anyone who has ever left a garden hose out in the summer sun knows that the water gets very hot. Now imagine capturing the same power from the sun with a system that collects and stores the heated water so you can use it in your home or business all year long. That’s solar hot water!

The average household can easily satisfy up to 70% of its annual domestic hot water needs purely from the sun. Modern solar hot water systems convert 65 – 80% of the sun’s energy directly to heat using clean, free fuel from the sun while oil and propane boilers burn expensive fossil fuels.

Solar hot water heaters are usually used to heat domestic hot water, but they can also be used for space heating and commercial applications as well. Sundog Solar designs, sells, installs and services both residential and commercial solar hot water systems.

How Solar Hot Water Heaters Work

There are many ways to capture energy from the sun. Solar hot water systems are the most efficient. 

To harness this clean, free fuel from the sun to heat your water, you need four main components:

-Solar flat plate collectors

-A super insulated storage tank to retain the solar heated water

-A pumping system to move, manage and, transfer the heat produced

-A backup heat source to cover periods of cloudiness or winter days

With these basic solar components, you can generate enough hot water to supply your home or business, significantly reducing your dependence on gas and oil.

Solar Hot Water Costs

In Maine, thirty percent of the typical home’s fuel and energy bill goes to heating domestic hot water! That’s a lot! Solar hot water is a realistic and competitive energy solution for Maine home and business owners.

The federal tax credit can provide a 30% reduction in the cost of your new solar water heating system.  Now is a great time to go solar!

Solar System Design and Installation With Sundog

Our solar hot water heaters are designed for integration with your existing oil, gas, or electric hot water system. They are designed based on your current needs for hot water and your long-term energy goals.

We can also design solar systems to maximize efficiency with on-demand backup hot water heaters to generate extra energy if needed. Sundog Solar’s hot water systems use super-insulated solar thermal storage tanks to minimize heat loss and produce greater home energy savings. We can also include a backup heater tailored to your exact needs.

Our NABCEP-certified and insured solar experts are knowledgeable and install top-quality solar systems for Maine homes and businesses. We serve the communities of Portland, Lewiston, Rockland, Camden, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Calais, and surrounding communities.

Fun Fact

A solar hot water system will reduce yearly CO2 emissions by an average of 1,500 pounds per household!

Commercial Solar Hot Water at the
University of Maine in Orono, Maine

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Hot Water Can I Expect in Maine?

You can expect to produce nearly 100% of your domestic hot water in the summer and 40 – 50% in the winter months.

Can I Keep My Existing Hot Water System In Place?

The simple answer is yes, but it may be less costly and more efficient to replace it in the long term.

Will it Work With My Dishwasher and Washing Machine?

Absolutely! Solar heated hot water is available for both machines, but keep in mind washing clothes in cold water is more efficient.

Will Solar Hot Water Increase My Home’s Value?

Yes! According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for every $1 your utility costs are reduced by a renewable energy system there is a $20 increase in the value of your home.

Do Solar Hot Water Systems Make Financial Sense?

In Maine, thirty percent of the typical home’s fuel and energy bill goes to heating domestic hot water. Our systems can provide between 60%-80% of your home’s annual hot water output for 20 years or more!

Who Will Install My New Solar Hot Water System?

Sundog Solar Store has a team of fully qualified solar hot water experts, including NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) licensed installers. Every installation meets or exceeds guidelines as set by the National Plumbing Code and each system is certified by a Solar Energy Installer. This is required by Efficiency Maine before any rebates are issued.

Why Should I Buy From Sundog Solar?

1. Small business service: Sundog Solar was founded in 2009 by a father and son team, Chuck and Danny, to make solar power affordable and available throughout the state of Maine.

2. Excellent customer service. Sundog uses the highest quality solar panels and equipment in the industry and has the most experienced installers. We offer free site surveys for qualified projects and all of our solar installations are 100% satisfaction guaranteed. We are committed that you are left simply delighted from start to finish with your solar energy investment.

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To learn more about solar heating options, contact us at 207-548-1100.