Solar Water Heating Systems

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Heating water is responsible for probably the largest amount of energy usage in most homes today.  Not only are you spending a large portion of your energy bills for heating water, but your power usage creates large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions.  When people begin considering greener, renewable energy options, the obvious choice is solar hot water.

By using solar water heating systems you able to reduce your water heating bill dramatically for years to come and you’re also able to generate your own power using our largest natural resource – the sun.

When you generate your own renewable energy with solar hot water heating systems, you’re not creating any harmful emissions.  You’re reducing the amount of fossil fuels you use and reducing carbon emissions you would otherwise be creating by heating your water with other traditional methods.

There are two different technologies available for solar hot water systems.

– Flat plate collectors and evacuated tube collectors.

Flat plate solar collectors work using copper pipes that run through a reinforced glass plate.  These pipes are attached to a water storage tank installed in the roof-space of your home.  Water is able to move in and out of the tank and heats the water.

Evacuated tube collectors use glass tubing which have copper pipes inside them that are attached to a circulation pump.  The pump moves the heated water into a storage tank.  Of the two options, evacuated tube systems are more efficient as they are able to continue heating water even without direct sunlight.  This makes them more suited to colder climates.

It is still possible to use your solar hot water system to heat water even on cloudy days.  Unfortunately if the sun is occluded for too long, many systems may require electricity or gas assistance as a back-up water heating option.

While some extremists believe that the manufacturing process of solar hot water systems is an energy intensive process on its own.  However it’s also equally important to note that these systems have a long life-span.  Over the term these are in use they would more than have made up for the energy used in their production.

In many countries, governments have even begun to recognize the ecological benefits of individual households using solar water heating.  In Hawaii, all new homes must have solar hot water systems installed as part of the construction process.  In the UK, Australia and some states of America, home-owners are offered substantial rebates to offset the cost of energy-efficient water heating solutions and in Israel almost 90% of houses already have solar water heating systems installed.

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