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Solar Hot Water

At T. M. Caldwell Plumbing, Inc. of Hickory, we want to help our customers go green. We are concerned about preserving our resources and our environment, and we offer several solutions to save energy that also cut back the expense of energy and fuel.

Solar water heaters are so energy friendly they could potentially save the United States millions of barrels of oil every year. They help save the planet by greatly reducing the energy we use, but just as importantly, they save you money. There’s never been a better time to switch than now!

There are two main types of solar hot water systems, active and passive.

Active solar technology uses some electrical or fuel-driven mechanical equipment to perform some of the necessary functions. Some examples include:

  • Electrical pumps to move heated water
  • Motors allowing photovoltaic arrays to track the sun’s movement through the day to maximize the amount of solar energy captured
  • Grid-tied solar electrical systems which rely on electricity as a backup source of power

Passive solar technology does not use an additional mechanical or electrical devices to deliver heat. Solar water heating is traditionally a passive solar application and has the potential to provide enough hot water for all home washing and bathing needs. Passive solar hot water systems typically include a collector tank on a south or west facing wall or roof and a plumbing system to deliver water to different parts of the home using gravity.

If you would like to learn more about solar water systems, contact T. M. Caldwell Plumbing, Inc. today with questions and concerns.

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