Velux Solar Water Heaters Earn Energy Star Label
Velux residential solar water heating systems, introduced in the United States in 2008, have become the first U.S. manufactured systems to be certified under the Department of Energy’s new Energy Star residential water heater program, according to the company.
“We are extremely pleased that our solar water heating systems join the company’s skylights and tubular daylighting devices in carrying the Energy Star label,” says Jim Cika, solar product manager for Velux America.
“This is further recognition of the energy efficient qualities of company products and of the Velux commitment to quality manufacturing and sustainability,” adds Tim Miller, Velux America president.
The manufacturer's residential solar water heating systems featuring low profile, flat solar collectors that hug rooflines for unobtrusive and attractive installations. The solar systems can be installed separately or in tandem with Velux roof windows, utilizing the same flashing systems, to provide not only low cost water heating but energy efficient daylighting as well as passive ventilation without the use of electrical energy, the company notes.
In addition to the collectors, the company offers water storage tanks in 80-gallon and 120-gallon sizes. A solar installation can cut annual expenses for heating water by up to 80 percent, Velux reports. Installations can be completed in one to two days, with an average installation projected to cost between $8,000 and $11,000.
Information on becoming a certified installer for the solar system is available at www.veluxusa.com/solar.