What About Solar Water Heater DIY Kits?
One of the simplest and most effective ways to begin with solar is to use a solar water heater diy kit. You can reduce your hot water expense by at least one-third, cut down on your fossil fuel use, and help the planet at the same time.
My 21 year old son was astonished to find out that we actually had solar water heater diy approaches long ago, in the 1970's! Little did he know that the first patent for a commercial solar water heater was granted in 1891, a few years before even I was born!
Most likely, the first solar hot water was discovered by a dirty caveman who discovered a warm pond on a hot summer day.Maybe it was the world's first bath!
How to use a solar water heater diy kit
You can make your own solar water heater in one of two ways. Kits are available that supply every single thing required. The second way is to buy a kit that basically tells you how to do it.
If you get the kit that supplies everything, you get everything you need, including solar panels, hoses, plumbing components, glazing, framing, etc. Basically, it is a solar hot water heater in a box.
The instructional kit gives you complete instructions to follow, step-by-step. It gives you the know-how, you supply the materials. You will find all the necessary materials at your local hardware store.
How safe are solar water heater diy kits?
Solar hot water heaters are completely safe. Your water supply is exactly the same as before, and because the system has no moving parts, it is quite safe. An additional benefit is that your present water heater will last longer, due to the fact that it is not being used as much.
The free sunshine heating your water is now the energy source, and this is the only difference between your existing unit and your diy one! This is a great savings and way to reduce your carbon footprint. All you are essentially doing is preheating the water and plumbing it into your existing hot water heater, so there is no danger whatsoever.
Do solar hot water diy projects work in cold climates?
You can have solar heat if you have a good southern exposure, that is all you really need. From my personal experience, I have seen solar applications is Norway, Alaska, Wisconsin and Vermont. Each of these cold climates had solar applications for hospitals, schools, municipal buildings, commercial buildings and homes.
How expensive are the kits?
Depending on the size kit you need, the price can vary from around $600 all the way up to $18,000. . However, if you are remodeling, or building new, you will find it easier to justify, especially with the state and federal incentives available. The energy savings of 30-50% can mean a much quicker payback period than is first imagined.
The solar water heater diy kit that provides the know-how and instructions will only cost about $30-$50. The materials to build your solar hot water heater will run another $70, so for about $100 you can actually begin to have your own solar hot water
All you need is some determination, a weekend or two and a little cash. Even if you had to pay a friend to help you, you would still be ahead and save a lot on you power bill.
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