Solar Heating - The Law in Hawaii

Generally installing solar heating in homes is a question of choice and revolves around how strongly you want to help save the planet and how large your bank balance is.

In 2010 the choice element will be (partly) reduced in Hawaii as they have just signed a law which makes it mandatory to install solar water heaters.

They will not issue building permits for single-family homes unless solar water heating are included in the construction. Hawaii relies on imported fossil fuels for its energy so anything which will help reduce that dependency will certainly be of help. Five years ago, when the idea was first suggested, a barrel of oil cost about $40. The price has now tripled and who knows what it will be in 2010.

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