Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has been offering incentives to switch to solar hot water for several years and now Southwest Gas is offering their own incentive. The new Southwest Gas rebate has limited funding, and is a great deal. If you need an excuse to save the environment and reduce your monthly expenses, then check it out now, before it’s gone. Homeowners can take advantage of the rebate which offers $15/rated therm, up to 50% of the total cost. This rebate works best under the following conditions: current Southwest Gas customers with more than four people in the home, and/or large hot water usage, with room next to the current gas water heater for a second storage tank (25 square inches). If you fall into this category then solar hot water may be a great, financially savvy option for your home.
The system works by keeping the existing gas water heater and adding an additional solar hot water storage tank. Water will be taken out of the solar tank first, and when it is exhausted the gas heater will take over. Each day as the sun rises, the hot water in the solar tank will be replenished and the gas tank will stand in as the backup. Using this system, home owners can save up to 70% on their hot water energy consumption.
A solar water heater will help you reduce your impact on the environment while allowing you to save money at the same time. Not only will the system provide hot water without consuming as many resources as a traditional hot water tank, but you will also be protected from escalating fuel costs since sunshine is free and abundant!
Learn more about the Southwest Gas rebate here.