Thursday, May 8, 2008
Solar water heat required in new Hawaii homes
State becomes first to do so; owners pay up front but save over time
HONOLULU May 6, 2008 - All new homes in Hawaii will be required to have solar water heaters installed starting in 2010 under a law approved by the Legislature.
Hawaii becomes the first state requiring the energy-saving systems in homes.
Solar water heaters typically cost home buyers about $5,000 extra on their mortgage, but island residents will save thousands of dollars over the years on their electricity bills, supporters said .