Solar Hot Water

Maine Solar Hot Water

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 designs, sells, installs and services both residential and commercial solar hot water systems.

How Solar Hot Water Systems Work

There are many ways to capture energy from the sun. Solar hot water is 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 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 water heating is often the most affordable and practical first step in bringing renewable energy into your home or business.  It is a realistic and competitive energy solution that most home and business owners can really afford.

The federal tax incentive  may provide a 30% reduction in the cost of your new solar water heating system.  There’s never been a better time to invest in cost-saving, clean, renewable energy for your future.

Design and Installation With Sundog Solar

Sundog Solar Store’s solar hot water heating systems are designed for integration with your pre-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 systems to maximize efficiency with on-demand back-up hot water heaters to generate extra energy if needed. Our hot water systems use super-insulated solar thermal storage tanks to minimize heat loss. And we can include a backup heater tailored to your exact needs.

Our NABCEP certified and insured installers are friendly and knowledgeable and provide top quality installations to your home or business.

Fun Fact

A solar water heating system will reduce yearly CO2 output 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?

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?

The cost of solar has been steadily coming down while the cost of oil and gas continue to rise every year. By investing in a solar hot water system you can lock in a fixed cost of fuel as you pay off the initial investment. Depending on the size of your system you can expect a payback in 8–9 years and many years of free energy from the sun!

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! This is so worth it!

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 Store?

1. Small business service. We are family owned and operated by father and son team Chuck and Danny Piper. So you’ll get the personal service of a small business.

2. Excellent customer service. We have the highest quality products in the industry, the most experienced installers, we offer free site surveys for qualified projects, you can stop by our showroom or call us personally at anytime, all of our work is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, and 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.