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Solar technology can tie directly into a radiant floor heating system

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 15:59

High energy prices across the United States are sparking a growing interest in renewable energy sources. Homeowners are looking to developing technologies that incorporate the use of sustainable energy sources like solar and wind to decrease the costs associated with running their household. 
Rhode Island Environmental News reports that to counter rising utility bills, more people are switching to solar energy, which is significantly more economically viable in comparison to heating oil. The development of solar technology has allowed the initial costs associated with installing the system to decrease, while panels and cells are getting more effective at storing energy for longer periods of time. 
In addition, solar systems are highly effective when combined with other energy-efficient technologies. For example, radiant floor heating is often hydraulic and requires hot water to travel through pipes underneath the floors to warm a space. Solar hot water systems are the ideal solution for heating water because radiant floor heating requires little energy use to warm the liquid and is highly insulated to trap heat. According to the news source, solar hot water systems consist of three main components - solar collectors, which are often referred to as solar panels, a storage tank and a circulating system. 
By combing the use of both technologies, a homeowner can drastically reduce his or her utility bills associated with heating the house. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing a solar water heater is one of the most cost-effective solutions available to a homeowner to offset high heating bills. A 30 percent federal tax credit with no cap limit is currently available to those who invest in such a system. Combining the effectiveness of both technologies will allow a homeowner to increase his or her property's sustainability and worry less about paying high energy bills.