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Solar Hot Water Ready

After space heating, hot water demands the second largest amount of energy in our homes and represents about 30 percent of total home energy use.

 

BC Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation

In June 2011, the Municipality of North Cowichan became a signatory to the Local Government Act Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation under the BC Building Code. The Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation applies to new single family homes and new single family homes with a secondary suite.

In common construction practice, roof and wall spaces are not built with weight and space requirements in mind for a future installation of a solar domestic hot water system. By taking these aspects into consideration during the initial building phase, significant cost savings are made when the homeowner elects to install a solar domestic hot water system at a later date. The Solar Hot Water Ready requirement will add approximately $200 to $500 to the cost of building a new home. Domestic solar hot water systems can save the homeowner approximately $300 per year in energy costs.

About Solar Hot Water

Solar hot water is smart and cost effective technology that can supplement up to 60 per cent of the water heating energy needs for a typical family of four. This can reduce a household's annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to a tonne and save the homeowner approximately $300 per year in energy costs.  According to SolarBC, there is enough solar energy in Canada to generate an average of 2500 kWh of energy per year!

Domestic solar hot water systems are designed to last 20 to 40 years, minimize environmental impacts, and promote community economic development through the building of a sustainable solar industry. So by installing a domestic solar hot water system, you’ll be contributing to a healthier environment, and making a difference!

Learn more about solar thermal energy, Canadian Solar Champions and Registered Solar Installation Contractors at SolarBC.