Most residential solar thermal hot water systems are designed to mount on your homes southward facing roof. This approach adds a lot of weight to your home and damaging holes in your roof. Now there is an option that is very different from what we have seen so far. It is called the Rocket Dome.
The Rocket Dome has many advantages over traditional solar water heating systems:
1-It requires NO holes to be drilled into your roof, saving time and money if costly roof repairs ever need to be done.
2-Using the Earth as added insulation, the water tank stays warmer longer, and saves valuable space inside your home.
3-The Ground Mounting technology allows you to find a great location for your Rocket Dome even if your roof isn’t ideal for traditional flat solar thermal panels.
4-The Rocket Dome can usually be installed in one day;
5- The Rocket Dome is far more affordable than other comparable sized solar thermal units. According to the manufacturer, in most cases its half the cost of typical solar thermal hot water systems.
Solar Water Heating Facts and Comparison To Standard Electric Water Heaters.
Rocket Dome Standard Electric Water Heater
Annual Energy Cost Zero $650 + Per Year
Percentage of Electric Bill Zero 20% plus
Life Expectancy 15-30 years 8-12 years
Annual Operating Cost Only the Cost of Water $650 plus the cost of water
Life time Operating Cost Only the Cost of Water (12 year) $7800
Storage Capacity 200 Gallons 40-50 Gallons
Added Value to your Home $7,000 + Zero
Federal Tax Credit 30% Zero
Greenhouse Gas Saved 50 tons = 100k Drive miles Zero
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.