Earth Friendly Solar Panels Make a Comeback with a Modern Look and Stimulus Package Boost; Loudoun-Based DryHome Sun Solutions Now Offers Solar Products

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Savvy homeowners are looking for alternative ways to reduce their carbon footprints. Solar energy is now a viable, attractive, and affordable alternative.

Responding to growing consumer demand for green products, DryHome Sun Solutions has expanded its product line to include solar water heating systems, one of the first companies to offer these in Northern Virginia. In addition, the economic stimulus package is making solar energy a viable energy alternative by making it more affordable.

"Customers are looking for innovative products that help them live a greener life while also providing some economic relief. Solar water heating systems do both and have improved dramatically in form and function," explained Steve Gotschi, founder and president, DryHome Sun Solutions.

For most, solar energy conjures images of unattractive, bulky solar panels jutting out from roofs. However, today's panels are sleek and unobtrusive, resting up against the roof and looking like skylights. In addition, they have evolved significantly, providing effective and safe solutions to using the sun's heat to provide hot water for heating and consumption.

Gotschi added: "I feel very strongly about finding the nexus between making a living and making our world sustainable. This is an alternative energy source that's come of age. I even put one in my own home, and it's been an amazing addition that is saving energy and money."

As energy prices continue to rise and environmental concerns high on the nation's agenda, savvy homeowners are on the lookout for ways to reduce their carbon footprints, including considering alternative energy sources. Solar hot water heating has many benefits that make it a great energy choice. According to the US Department of Energy, solar systems provide many financial benefits including:

  •     decreasing water heating bills by 50 - 80 percent on average
  •     protecting consumers from fuel shortages and price hikes
  •     making homeowners eligible for Federal tax credits that cover up to 30 percent of the system's cost.

The benefits don't end there. Solar water heating is environmentally-friendly since solar energy is an unlimited resource. Another benefit cited by the Department of Energy is that solar energy does not produce harmful emissions or require transportation or pipelines like electric energy does. Also, solar water heating systems help reduce household energy consumption and the nation's reliance on toxic fossil fuels. The good news is that solar water heating systems will work anywhere--not just sunny locations--and produce energy even at low temperatures.

Other added benefits arise when solar is used in conjunction with high quality, energy efficient skylights, which are also an important part of building today's green friendly homes. Skylights, roof windows and sun tunnels reduce lighting costs and energy consumption, and venting skylights minimize the need for air conditioning and fans at certain periods throughout the year.

With more than 20 years experience, DryHome Sun Solutions is a trusted, locally-based and involved contractor with expertise in installing solar water heating systems and other daylighting products. DryHome customers can expect to pay between $8,000-$10,000 depending on the size of the home and household. Consumers who use the available tax credits will defray this cost substantially. The installation is quick and minimally disruptive, taking from 1-2 days to install. DryHome uses Velux® products, one of the strongest brands in the global building materials and home improvement industry.

As part of its earth friendly and community commitment, DryHome Sun Solutions will be participating in Loudoun's first Earth Day celebration--Earth Day@Loudoun--on Sunday, April 26th from 11am-3pm at Willow Creek Farm by Clyde's in Broadlands, Virginia.
Note: Product photos are available upon request.

About DryHome Sun Solutions
DryHome Sun Solutions is an experienced contractor that specializes in daylighting and solar energy systems sales, installation, and repairs. It offers a range of Velux® products--a top rated industry leader--to help bring natural light and warmth into homes. With a trained professional team, DryHome Sun Solutions is a Velux 5-Star Contractor and is fully licensed, bonded and insured. DryHome Sun Solutions is a sister company to DryHome Roofing & Siding. Visit us at or

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