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Solar Thermal: Direct Energy Frequently Asked Questions

Solar Thermal: Direct Energy Frequently Asked Questions

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www.wepower.us•sales@wepower.us•(800)385-9463
SolarThermal–DirectEnergyFrequentlyAskedQuestions(FAQ)
WhyshouldIspendmymoneyonthis?
Thechoiceisnotaboutspendingmoney.Thechoiceisonlyaboutwhatyouactually"get"foryourmoney.Youarespendingmoneyonenergyanyway–so–eitheryouinvestinreducingyourenergycostswhileincreasinghomeequityandsavings,oryougiveitawaytoyourutilitycompanywhokeepsraisingyourrates.Remember,youuseaftertaxdollarstoessentiallyrentyourenergyfromtheutilitycompany,oryoucanownyourownenergyproductionsystem.Wouldyouratherrentorown?
CONVENTIONALELECTRICorGASWATERHEATING
Vs.
SOLARTHERMAL–DIRECTENERGYHOTWATERHEATING
Payonaverage$30-$125permonthtoheatyourwater!Vs.Eliminate60to90%ofyourwater-heatingbill.SaveMoney!Utilitybillsarehigh…andrising…andexpectedtoriseevenmore!AtmercyofUtilityCo.Vs.Lockinyourenergycosts.Constantsavingsinnon-taxableincome.Protectionfromfutureincreases.Noequityorincreasedvalueinyourhome.Essentiallythrowingmoneyaway.VsIncreaseinhomeequityvalueand25%+typicalReturn-On-Investment.Typicallythelargestpolluterinyourhome.30%ofallhouseholdemissions.Equivalentto12.7barrelsofoilannually!Vs.GreenHalo.Aneasyandaffordableentreintorenewableenergy.Doingyourpart,thepowerofWE!Eliminate4-6tonsofCO2annually.Oftenrunsoutofhotwater.Vs.Doublestheamountofon-handhotwateravailable.
BOTTOMLINE!
MoneySpentMoneyWasted
Vs.
MoneyEarnedMoneyInvested
 
www.wepower.us•sales@wepower.us•(800)385-9463
HowmuchmoneycanIsave?
Mosthouseholdswillsave$25-$100permonth
attoday’senergyrates
(dependingonusageandlocalutilityrates.)Asenergycostscontinuetosoar,soshallsavings!
HowmuchenergydoIuseheatingwater?
Formosthouseholds,hotwaterheatingisthelargestenergyhog,representing25-45%oftotalenergyusage.Byharnessingthesun’sfreeenergyyoucanreduceyourhotwaterenergyconsumptionby60-90%!
Arethererebatesorotherfinancialincentivesavailable?
Yes,absolutely!Federal,StateandUtilityCompanyincentivesoffset30-60%ofthetotalsystemcost!AllWePOWERsolarthermaldirectenergysystemsqualifyfora30%federaltaxcredit(that’safullcreditofftaxes,notmerelyadeduction).StateandUtilityCompanyincentivesvary,andourpowerfulThermal$enseRebateFindercansimplifytheprocessofuncoveringavailabledollars.Formoreinformationvisit:www.wepower.us/wind-estimator/thermalsense.htm
Howdoesitwork?
Sunshinesonasolarcollector,heatisgathered,theheatistransferredtoawatersupply,andtheheatedwateristhenstoreduntilused.Yourconventionalwaterheaterdrawsthehotwateroutofthesolarstoragetankwhenthereisademandforhotwater.Ifneeded,yourexistingconventionalwaterheatermayboostthetemperatureofthesolarheatedwaterbeforesendingitthroughoutyourhome.Thesesystemsuserelativelysimple,time-testedtechnology,whichisonereasontheyareabestbetinrenewableenergy.
What’stheDifferencebetweenSolarThermalHotWaterVs.SolarPV?
Solarthermalhotwaterusesthesun’senergytoheatliquidandis70%efficient,whilesolarphotovoltaic(PV)covertssolarenergyintoelectricityandis15%efficient.Formoreinformationvisit:
www.wepower.us/products/solar-thermal/versus.html
 
www.wepower.us•sales@wepower.us•(800)385-9463
DoIeliminatemyexistingwaterheater?
No.Asolarthermalsystemsupplementsyourexistinghotwaterheater.Younowhavetwiceasmuchhotwateravailable.Yourexistingsystemworksasafailsafebackupsystem.Byusingthesun’sfreeenergyyouwillreduceyourhotwaterenergyconsumptionby60-90%.
Howmuchvaluewillitaddtomyhome?
TheAppraisalInstituteinChicagohasstatedthatevery$1inannualenergysavingsaddsapproximately$20tothevalueofyourhome.It’snosecretthathousesthatgeneratetheirownenergybecomemuchmoredesirable.AsurveybytheCaliforniaAssociationofRealtorsfoundthatover60%offamiliesaremoreinterestedinbuyinghomeswithrenewableenergysystemsinstalled,ithelpsdifferentiateyourhomefromthecompetition,andoveralltheysellfastertoo!
ArethereindependentreportsthatverifythatIcansavemoney?
Yes.Recently,areporterfromtheWallStreetJournalcompletedaninstallationonherhomewithgreatsuccess.Thearticlewascalled“CheapHotWater?JustAddSunshine.”Quotingfromthearticle:“…intheaveragehome,harnessingthesun’sfreeenergyfordailyhot-waterneedscanbeamorepracticalandaffordablebet.”Thefullarticlealongwithvideoandaudiopodcastcanbefoundhere:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703906204575027012258855730.html#
Willitworkinthewinter?
Yes.IntheWallStreetJournalarticlereferencedabovethereporternotedthatevenoncoldwinterdayshersolarthermalsystemachievedwatertemperaturesofnearly100degrees.Thisisextremelynotableasthegroundwaterduringwintermonthsisverycold.Thus,insteadofyourconventionalwaterheaterconsumingenergytoheatgroundwaterfromsay40degreestoausable120degrees,thepreheated100-degreewaterismerelyboostedto120degrees.Eveninthecoldestclimates,solarthermalhotwatersystemssaveconsiderableenergyforhomeowners.

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