Like many homeowners these days, Dean of Bedford, New Hampshire is working to get control of his heating bills and reduce his home’s dependency on oil. His first step was an upgrade to a System 2000 boiler – a high efficiency boiler that uses about 22% less oil than his previous boiler. Even with a bump in performance, he was unsatisfied that he needed to turn on his heating system in the middle of summer for water heating (using up to a gallon a day of oil), and so started looking at what solar thermal could do for him.
While heating water with oil is not a terrible solution in wintertime, when the heating system is already running, in the summer it’s expensive to burn fossil fuel when there is ample sunshine available. A solar thermal system will provide nearly 100% of a home’s hot water needs from May to October, bridging the gap between the heating seasons. Pairing solar hot water with an efficient boiler like the System 2000 nets perhaps the best possible heating system with oil as a fuel. In Dean’s case, this should result in a savings of around 100 gallons of oil a year; for homes with less efficient boilers, savings are closer to 200-300 gallons a year.
Dean raves of the installation, “The install looks great and [your installers] did such a great job putting the attic back together that I can hardly tell anyone had to disturb any of the new insulation. I have been burned by so many contractors lately that I never expect anything to go as smoothly as this crew was able to accomplish on this job. Your crew impressed me with their attention to detail and their promptness. It was a very pleasant surprise.”
Since installing the system in mid-April, Dean reports his boiler water heating time has dropped by about 75%! “I have already talked to 2 neighbors that are interested in solar, as well as a couple of people at work. Everyone wants to know how it will work out! Although I know we need rain, I’m looking forward to the sun more than ever. Let’s hope it rains at night and is sunny during the day.”
Both New Hampshire and Maine still have strong solar hot water rebates – New Hampshire offers a $1,500 state rebate and Maine’s was recently raised from $1,000 to an average of $1,800. Contact us for more details.