Residential Solar Heating Systems

Solar heating can reduce a home's energy consumption by as much as 50%. Many people don't realize the energy required just for domestic hot water. 15-20% of the average family's energy consumption is for heating water for laundry, dishes, showers and long soaks in the tub.

In addition to domestic hot water, solar can heat a home, pool or hot tub. Solar heating beautifully supplements hydronic heating systems, such as radiant floors, radiant baseboards and panels. Hot water and space heating together account for close to half of an average home energy consumption. Solar hot water replaces that energy consumption with clean, free energy from the sun.

A huge percent of our national energy consumption comes from our homes. Solar heater can and will make enormous progress toward a cleaner world and toward preserving natural resources.

Total power consumption

Annual Energy Review 2007
Report No. DOE/EIA-0384(2007)
Posted: June 23, 2008

Residential power consumption

Data from the Residential Energy Consumption Survey 2001