Which factors have the biggest impact? Here's a quick rundown:
Type of house or buildings, and its orientation to the sun
No two houses, or buildings (apartment complexes, multi-family units, businesses, etc.), have the same combination of size, roof, and shading, and none have the same position relative to the sun. The size of your house and water usage (overall load) dictates the size your solar thermal system needs to be.
State and local incentives
Currently Uuntil 20242, the federal Solar Investment Tax Credit will continue to help make solar installations more affordable nationwide.1. Find out what's offered in your state so you can take advantage of them in time.
Brand of solar equipment
Installing a solar thermal system is a long-term investment, and high-quality equipment makes for better long-term efficiency. This efficiency equals dollars for you over the more-than two decades that your system will power your home. SunEarth collectors are among the most efficient on the market. And they come with the best warranty in the industry. SunEarth has a large network of distributors, who can answer any questions on price and make installation as smooth as possible.
The move to install solar thermal comes with several benefits – a lower utility bill, a likely increase in home value, and the possibility of tax credits and other incentives. Meanwhile, solar thermal collectors cut your family's carbon footprint dramatically.
1 Tax credits subject to change. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
2 State, local and utility credits and incentives vary by location and are subject to change. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
3 Source: "Homes with Solar Panels Sell for 4.1% More," Zillow Economic Research - Analysis of listing descriptions and sales transactions between 3/1/18-2/28/19. Comparison values were made in New York, NY, Orlando, FL, San Francisco, CA, and Riverside, CA. Actual impact on home values will vary.