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Solar Hot Water Heaters: Slash Your Power Bill By 33% In 2 Days
by: Nick Molinar

If you are new to DIY solar power conversions the solar water heater is the very best place to start. This is true for several reasons. To start with, it is easy and limited in scope, so this project will help you learn important solar concepts that will come in handy when you move on to bigger projects.

It is by far one of the cheapest DIY solar conversion projects to complete. Considering these factors it has a HUGE and immediate impact on your power bill. Most people don’t realize it, but heating water usually accounts for a full one-third of their monthly power expense. Only HVAC (air conditioning and heating) uses more energy in the average home.

You can usually build a solar hot water heater for under $100 - outstanding when you consider that a professionally installed system will cost well over $1000. The parts are all readily available in your local hardware store or home center.

You don't need any special tools. Assuming you have the average DIY'ers basic understanding of wiring and plumbing connections, you'll be able to do this project with no trouble at all. In most cases, you can start the project on a Saturday morning and be taking a nice hot solar shower by Sunday evening.

There is no need to worry about the local climate as solar water heaters are in use all over the world. They are incredibly reliable and the technology has been with us for decades. Still, it is advisable to have a backup source - just like with any solar powered component -in case of long cloudy periods. This doesn’t come into play too frequently because unlike some other solar applications, once the water is heated it stays pretty hot for quite a while.

Still, your sunlight and consumption may be different than mine so always have a backup with anything solar, just in case. The good news is, your backup is already in place. The homes existing water heater is more than adequate as a backup. Because the unit is dormant most of the time it will last years longer than it would when being used every day.

Similarly, your solar water heater will require very little regular maintenance and should actually last years longer than a conventional gas or electric water heater.

Beware of bad information floating around the internet that claims you can build a solar hot water heater for $5.00. These are junk. The project should be done right so that you can be sure to have enough hot water for your home whenever you need it.

The bottom line is You can save 33% on your monthly energy bill and spend about $100 to quickly convert your home to solar hot water. Visit our site for more articles on this topic and great sources of information and instruction.

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