Solar Hot Water in Cambridge
Solar hot water systems use the energy of the sun to heat your home's water supply. This technology is entirely renewable, and installing it can benefit both the environment and your wallet!
An overview of solar hot water
Incentives for solar hot water
Do you live in a multifamily building?
Many Cantabrigians live in shared buildings. If you live in a multifamily air source, solar hot water systems are a good solution to heat your water supply. That said, there are extra considerations to take when installing this technology on a shared property. Our no-cost Retrofit Advisor can help your apartment or condo building learn more about suitable clean heating and cooling options and help you find ways to finance your project.
Does solar thermal work in the winter?
Just like solar electric panels, your solar thermal panels will work during the wintertime. They will generate less hot water than in sunnier months, so you may have to use your backup water heater more often during cold weather. Any snow that is accumulated on the panels will typically slide off on its own when the sun comes back out. Solar thermal systems installed in Cambridge will also have freeze protection.
Solar hot water in action
Cambridge homeowner installs solar hot water; "Easy way to reduce our carbon footprint by using the heat of the sun!"
Mina of Cambridge installed a few solar collectors to heat her multifamily residence. The system provides hot water for two families in the building, and covers roughly 50-74% of their total hot water needs. They decided to install solar thermal after learning that their roof wasn't good for solar PV because of limited roof space- with this technology, she's still benefiting from solar energy and reducing her carbon footprint!
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