I have a house with an average consumption of both hot-water and electricity / Energy in general, I would like to "Go green" but I also like the architectonics of my property.
When I look at the solutions other people have chosen for heating up their water, I get deep wrincles in my forehead. -Same with the ever faster rising energy-prices!
Several questions rise to my mind;
-They (Danish Green Technology) have a new HYBRID solution, giving me BOTH Electricity AND Hot water, and it looks like a MILLION, as the water-heater is built into the photovoltaic module, and the tank are located in the technique-room inside the house, with the rest of the installations in the house. Just take a look here..
The module looks just like a PV-solar-module, BUT it collects the heat as well, at the same time it cool down the electrical circuits, resulting in a higher yield, so I only have ONE installation providing it all, I get to use the available square-meters on my roof TWICE,
-and I keep the beautiful appearance of my house, as the system are build-in to the roof, it can basically substitut the conventional roof, saving you a lot, if you are building new or restoring the roof of an older building, as you can exclude the costs of conventional roof-tiles,
-and make side-to-side solar-power-roof, enabling you to cover your hotwater need as well as your electrical consumption! - Often even accumulating an income from selling the excess power production to the grid. Now this is a REAL WIN/WIN- Sustainable Solution.
Today I am the happy owner of a beautiful energy-efficient solar-roof, I have my electricity AND my hotwater-need TOTALLY covered, and in the summer months, I even generate an income from selling my excess powerproduction to the grid, which is worth to mention.
Now I am secured for the rest of my life, and I feel I am a greater part of the global energy SOLUTION, more than part of the problem. I cannot recommend this investment enough, My house has risen in value, and my expenses are reduced to 0, so my break-even is within half the time I had expected (only 6 years) and all along with a positive cashflow (More money in my pocket every month)