Last Wednesday we got a new 80 gallon solar water heater installed. After the electric company rebates, and the federal and state tax credits, (which we wont get back until next year), it cost only a little more than installing a new gas water heater of which we were in dire need anyway. (Our old one was fourteen years old and was on it's last legs).
We also had a circulation pump installed so that we don't have to run the faucet or shower waiting for the hot water to arrive. I anticipate that we will save a lot of water as a result which always makes my day.
Here are the panels on the south facing side of our roof. You can hardly see them from the street, not that I would mind if you could.
Now we have lots of lovely solar heated water, and it feels really good each time I take a shower knowing that we are using the sun to heat the water instead of gas.
All around the best Christmas present we have ever had I think!