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FAQs

What fuel sources do hot water heaters run on?
Electric, gas (natural or propane), and oil. renewable energy sources, such as solar are also available.

How much do hot water heaters costs?
This depends on what type you buy, however an electric hot water heater will cost between $500-$1,000 for the heater itself, and $450-$500 annually for the average home each year in energy costs.

What is the life span of a hot water heater?
Today’s electric hot water heaters can last 15 years or more.

What rebates are available?
Visit Efficiency One's website for the most up-to-date rebates available for residential hot water heating.

How can I determine what hot water heater is right for me?
Not only should you consider the capital cost of a water heater, but the installation and operational costs as well. Additionally you’ll need to consider space and venting requirements, as well as the hot water needs of your home to determine the size of the tank you’ll need. We recommend reaching out to one of our water heater dealers for professional advice on which water heater is right for you.

Is my home suitable for Solar Hot Water?
A home energy evaluation is a good first step in determining if a solar hot water system is your best current option to conserve energy in your home. Visit Efficiency One's website for more information. If you're considering building a new home, you can make cost-effective upgrades when choosing your designs that will make your home Solar Ready.  To learn more about making your new home Solar Ready, talk to your builder.

How much do Solar Hot Water Systems Cost?
The cost of your system will depend on how much water you need to heat, which in turn impacts the size of your system, such as the number of solar panels and size of your water tank. The cost of purchasing and installing a typical system can range from $6,000 - $10,000.

NS Power does not sell or install solar hot water systems. The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is currently the certifying body for solar hot water system installers in Canada. For a listing of Nova Scotia-based certified installers, visit the CanSIA website.