Florida is one of the best places in the continental U.S. to take advantage of solar energy. Solar energy systems can work even in cloudy weather, but are at their most efficient during sunny days—and Florida isn’t nicknamed “The Sunshine State” for nothing!
If you are a business owner in Orlando or Winter Springs, FL, are you already using solar energy in some way to run your company? If you aren’t, then we suggest that the first solar project you look into is a solar water heater.
Why Commercial Solar Water Heaters Are a Good Idea
Approximately 5% of the energy used in a commercial business goes to generating hot water. That percentage is even higher for food service companies. Installing a solar water heater will drastically decrease how much you pay for hot water, since you will be essentially free from the electrical grid. A solar water heater can cut down your water heating costs by four-fifths, which is a substantial savings considering how much of your energy total the water heater accounts for.
Making this option more attractive is the ease of installation for solar water heaters. You must hire professional solar contractors for this job, but it doesn’t require extensive roof space for the installation of the solar panels. These systems do not have large maintenance requirements, either. Like any water heater, a solar model will need annual maintenance tune-ups and inspections, but the solar panels will rarely require repairs—or even cleaning, since the rain takes care of that.
If you’re concerned about the cost of installation, keep in mind that the immense energy savings means that a new solar water heater will pay for itself in 10 to 15 years, and should last many years longer than that. A commercial solar water heater is a long-term investment in your company’s success, and it will reward you for many years to come.
To find out more about commercial solar water heaters, contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc.