Build Your Own Solar Water Heater -Why You Should Do It!
You might have been curious about building your own solar water heater but didn’t have the correct instructions to tell you how to do this? If that’s so, today’s your lucky day as creating these things is very price effective and friendly on the environment.
As I am sure you know, many people have an interest in home energy devices and some would prefer to construct their personal solar hot water heater to save them money on their energy bills, as these things are known to reduce your power bills by around one-third (or a lot more) every month!
In addition to that, these water heaters can reduce the dependency you have on the national grid You won’t have to be concerned by power outages as much as other people who rely on the electricity supplier. And you could even be eligible for a a rebate from whomever supplies electricity to you. In the long run, diy solar water heaters are cheap to install in comparison to other methods of generating electricity.
However, if you were to buy a water heater that was pre-made, you’d have to pay much more than you maybe can afford, but if you were to build your own solar water heater, it may cost you a lot less money. Aside from that, if you decided to assemble one yourself, you could get a return on your money in a short time, because it takes a very long time to see a R.O.I while using ones that are ready made.
Consequently, if you’d like to construct your own solar water heater, there are some things that you should look for in the material you buy:
1. It needs to be relatively easy to understand with plans that are precise and thorough. To the point information will hopefully reduce the problems that you might meet when constructing your own solar panel.
2. A money-back guarantee if for example the product isn’t as described or doesn’t help you in the slightest. Guides which are trusty will nearly always offer at least a 30 to 60 day month period for any cash back guarantee, so if the item doesn’t give this money-back guarantee, you ought to not purchase it.
3. Far better, though this isn’t always crucial, the product or service should contain video trainingthat educate you on the right way to construct the item, giving step by step instructions that you just carry out. It’s best to learn how to do things on video so that you can see whether you are on the right track.
Frequently Asked Questions
can a solar water heater be hooked with a tankless water system?
i am thinking about saving cost and energy. want to get a tankless water heater. i would like to have a solar water heater too, but heard that u need a stoage tank for the solar heater. not sure if i can combine the two. anyone got an answer for me?
you could have a 2 panel 80 gallon tank solar thermal system backed up by a tankless. but if you have a tankless, you dont need anything else, it wont work with solar panels, you must have a storage tank. if you have the money, do it. (roughly ,000) installed with a heating element in your air handler to pre heat your air in the winter. payback around 5 years pending tax credits. if thats to complicated, just do tankless, they are awesome. do both if you have the dough. your neighbors will be jealous.
How can I fix a leak in my pool’s solar water heater?
I have a rooftop solar heater for my pool. Today, when I started pumping water through it, I saw a nice water spray coming from a hole in it. How can I plug that hole?
Is the leak in the panel or the lines to the panel?
The lines to the panel are the easy fix. Just cut the line remove any sharp edges and install a “shark bite” type of fitting per the instructions.The panel is a little more difficult. If the tubing has movement ( only one end attached ) repair as above. If both ends are secured clean the hole with a fine wire brush or steel wool, drill a small hole, and fill with a two-part epoxy made for metal.
Do I really need a pump for a solar water heater?
I plan on building a PVC solar water heater to connect with the water heater up stairs. The solar heater will sit lower than it. Would I still need a pump?
Check out some of the instructions on Build it Solar for a thermosyphon solar water heater. As long as the tank is higher than the collector, you won’t need a pump. http://builditsolar.com/Projects/WaterHeating/water_heating.htm#ThermosyphonAlso check out their section on k solar water heating systems.
Is solar water heater cost effective?
We are considering solar hot water to suppliment our LP gas water heater. Will the costs of a solar system significantly reduce my LP gas consumption? Will the solar heated water be hot enough to not even use the gas heat?
I have often thought about building a pre-heater to assist my electric heater and cut down on costs. They will only work in certain locations with lots of sunshine and may be unattractive depending on where they are placed.
You can build one with a metal tank with a pipe fitting on each end. Build a three sided box that the tank will fit into with glass on one side. Paint the tank and inside of the box flat black. The box is positioned so the the glass side is exposed to maximum sunlight. Connect a water supply to one side of the tank and run a pipe from the other side to the cold water supply of the gas or electric water heater. The water coming into the gas heater will be pre-warmed. Just something I think would be interesting to try. Good Luck.
How to make reflective solar water heater?
I have a school project to make a solar water heater. It needs to take sunlight and reflect it onto/into a container that holds water. The surface are of the reflector needs to equal the amount of water in the container. So no giant mirrors heating an ounce of water. How do I do this?
There are several different ways. First you need to decide if you are going to use a flat reflective surface or a parabolic reflective surface.Probably the easiest way is to get an old tv dish antenna (the small ones not a 10′ huge one) and make the surface reflective. You might try gluing aluminum foil on the inside. Add up your surface area and then put that much water at the focal point. This dish will have to remain pointed at the sun to work best.
Another way is to make a parabolic trough reflector. The water will be in a long pipe suspended at the focal point of a trough that is reflective. For this one it is enough to have the trough pointed east-west and tilted at the correct angle for the sun at this time of year. You might use aluminum flashing for the trough.
You could use flat mirrors that will be focused on the container. Because they are not curved they will not focus as well as a curved mirror but with enough mirrors it will still work.