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Should Your Business Add a Solar Water Heater?

March 20, 2017 | by Chad Sanborn

While energy prices have leveled off recently, there's no guarantee they will stay low in the future. But there's one energy source that will always be free: the sun.

A solar thermal water heater uses energy from the sun to heat water, compared to a solar photovoltaic system that converts sunlight to electricity.

A solar thermal water heater is one way to cut energy costs and also help buildings qualify for green certification such as LEED from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Of course, the energy a business uses for water heating varies by the type of industry. On average, 20 percent to 60 percent of the energy consumed in commercial facilities goes to water heating. Car and truck washes, as well as college dorms, are at the high end of the scale; office buildings are at the low end.

In designing a commercial solar water heating system, the first decision is whether the solar system will assist other water heating capabilities or will be designed to meet peak demands. That answer will help determine the size of the collection and storage system and if there is any need for back up capacity.

In commercial applications, back up capacity is critical. After all a restaurant will have to close its doors without hot water, and other businesses may find it difficult to operate.
The solar water heating system can supply hot water for domestic use, industrial processes and radiant heating.

This blog was developed by Bradford White. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.


Topics: Water Heating Strategies - Energy Efficient Water Heating / Heaters and Boilers

Companies: Bradford White Water Heaters


Chad Sanborn / Chad Sanborn is the Product Marketing Manager for Bradford White Water Heaters. He has been in the water heater industry for over 13 years, supporting the growth and development of Bradford White in various capacities. In 2001, Chad began his career in the production areas of Bradford White's Middleville, MI water heaters manufacturing facility. Using his hands-on product experience, Chad transitioned into the engineering department in 2007, where he expanded his knowledge and influence by working with the testing procedures and standards for residential and commercial water heaters. In 2011, Chad was promoted to the Sales and Marketing team, where he currently holds the position of Product Marketing Manager. In his current role, he manages all products for Bradford White Corporation and works collaboratively with the sales and engineering teams to develop Bradford White's short and long-term water heater product development and marketing strategies. Chad holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Management from Cornerstone University and is an active participant in many plumbing, engineering and manufacturing trade organizations.
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