This photo shows the solar water heater on our listing at 109 Jackrabbit Circle in Boerne, Texas. This property is certified as an LEED Platinum home – the most energy efficient home you can own. One energy saving feature of this home is the solar water heater.

A solar water heater is a solar energy system that uses the sun to heat your home’s hot water. A solar water system captures the sun’s power and stores it for use in a collector. The system on this home stores 100 gallons of hot water at a time.

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Here are some benefits of a solar water heater from “Water – Use It Wisely.”

1) Fighting climate change – Many homes heat water with natural gas or other fossil fuels. That’s many tons of carbon going into the atmosphere. Switching to solar hot water is a great way to reduce carbon and other greenhouse emissions and protect our climate.

2) Protecting air quality – Many homes use electricity to heat their water. Over one-third of U.S. electric power comes from burning coal which pollutes our air. When you use solar hot water, you become a part of the solution to this public health problem.

3) Protecting water quality – Power plants are a primary source of mercury and other toxic heavy metals being released into the environment. These substances are a threat to rivers, streams and lakes — and to human health as well. Solar water heating helps reduce contamination of our water supply.

4) Monthly savings on utility bills – A solar water heater can provide up to 80 percent of your hot water needs, even in temperate climates. This translates to major utility bill savings, month after month.

5) Increased home value – Studies show that homes with solar water heaters sell at higher prices than those without. Thus, adding solar hot water to your home is an investment that will pay back whether you stay or sell.

For more information about solar water heaters and their benefits for you as a homeowner and for the environment, check out these websites:

Do you want to know more about this great home and its energy saving/envirnonment-friendly features? Contact me today. I am here to help!

Sheri Bailey

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