WEDNESDAY, FEB 29: Are you tired of expensive and unpredictable electricity bills?
Residential electricity produced from fossil fuels in Bermuda currently costs an astronomic $0.40 per kWh (kilowatt hour), and the cost is likely to increase in the future as the price of oil rises.
This means that heating the water you need for showers, baths, laundry, dish washing etc, is costing you more than $30 per person per month on average.
A family of three pays more than $90 per month, or $1,080 per year.
With a solar water heating system there is much less of a dependence on oil and its increasing price.
Solar water heating systems also produce virtually no air pollutants or greenhouse gases and are warranted for 10 years.
Solar water heaters work by pumping water from an insulated storage tank into a solar collector (panel) that contains a series of copper tubes mounted to a coated copper sheet.
As sunlight hits the collector, attached to a roof, the light is converted into heat energy, increasing the temperature of the water.
The collectors are attached directly to ceiling rafters using anodized aluminum racking and industry-standard stainless steel hanger bolts.
Roof penetrations are backfilled with fibre-reinforced cement, so roof slates take no load and remain watertight.
A typical system would consist of a single 32 sq ft collector.
The insulated hot water storage tank ensures that enough water is heated and stored to supply its residents throughout the year.
Our systems also include a back-up electrical heating element that activates if necessary, to ensure hot water is always available.
Bermuda Engineering Company Ltd has been in the business of providing cost-effective energy solutions to Bermuda since 1935.
We take pride in the quality of our workmanship and stand behind it with a comprehensive warranty on all parts of the system, which are designed for 150mph winds.
Our SunEarth systems come from one of the most experienced solar thermal manufacturers in the world with more than 32 years of making hot water with free fuel.
Each system is constructed to stringent industry standards and designed to withstand the world’s harshest climates.
Installing a solar water heating system will reduce your energy costs immediately and stabilize them for decades.
A typical two-three person home would need a 32 sq ft collector with an 80 gallon tank, which would cost around $7,000 installed.
Prices do vary by property, so call us for a free site assessment and quotation.
A typical system would save $864 of electricity a year (2160 kWh at $0.40 per kWh).
Most systems will pay for themselves within six-eight years, depending on the installation cost, orientation and location of the solar panels.
As the systems typically last for well beyond 20 years, your overall savings will be significant.
So if you’re tired of expensive and unpredictable electricity bills, give a solar water heating system some consideration.
For more information go to www.bermudaengineering.com or call BEC on 292-2067/279-5907.