Replace Your Second Biggest Energy User

We’re all familiar with the heating effects of the sun on water. Homeowners have the opportunity to invest in technology that accesses that. Solar thermal is a cost-effective and efficient option for customers looking to save money on their hot water or swimming pool heating bills using the sun as a resource for energy.

How it Works

When solar thermal water heater systems are implemented, mirrors and lenses are used to strengthen the rays of the sun to reach temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees, which in turn, can be used to generate hot water. These water heater systems involve installing a well-insulated storage tank that houses water that has been heated by the sun. The storage tank has the ability to serve as a pre-heater when necessary.


The hot water heater is your second biggest drain of energy use, second only to your heating and cooling unit. Efficiency is exceptionally high with a solar thermal collector and can be used in any climate. Homeowners can use up to 80% of the sun’s energy for this purpose.


The Return on Investment for Solar Thermal systems varies depending on the implementation and homeowners’ choices. On average, if you install a solar water heater, your water heating bills should drop 50% to 80%. Also, because the sun is free and an unlimited resource, you’re protected from future fuel shortages and price hikes. With federal and state incentives for solar thermal units, the anticipated ROI is 3 to 7 years.

Solar thermal technology offers a faster return on investment than other types of solar energy systems, lower first-time start-up costs than solar photovoltaic systems, and one of the greatest incentive packages, allowing for a system cost that rivals that of traditional hot water heaters. You may qualify for incentives that include:

  • Up to $2,000 from the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance for solar thermal installation
  • Up to $2,500 grant from Green Energy Ohio for solar thermal technology
  • Up to a 30% income tax credit on your federal taxes

Product Offering

We provide on-site consulting to determine which solar thermal water heater system will best provide a cost-effective alternative energy option for your home. EcoEnvironments is a premier Velux solar thermal installer.