Popular energy savers: solar hot water

Popular energy savers: solar hot water

Solar power is becoming more popular every day. This alternative energy source helps to save the planet by cutting down on the usage of non-renewable carbon based fuels, and it can save the energy consumer a significant amount of money on their energy bill. Another great benefit of solar power is that, once set up, the installation requires little upkeep, meaning it is pretty much maintenance free.

Solar energy systems generate electricity using the sun’s rays. The energy produced by various solar systems will supply electricity for the main property and any excess can be fed into the national electricity grid, reducing energy shortages.
Tremendous advances were made in solar technology since ‘global warming’ awareness arose and a worldly ‘energy crisis’ hit everyone’s wallet. People realized that other, more efficient and natural energy sources needed to be developed or enhanced.
One of the most popular solar power applications for residences, businesses or industrial use is solar hot water. This system can not only maintain a comfortable water temperature for swimming pools, but can also provide under-floor heating and space heating/cooling.

Solar water heating systems are generally based on thermal collectors. In addition, the system, which moves heat from the collectors to its point of usage, may require electricity to pump the fluid and a tank or reservoir to store the heat until it is needed.

A solar hot water system is economical and its basics are simple.
• Solar collector panels are installed on top of your roof along with a water storage tank.
• The sun’s energy will warm up the cold water in the collector.
• Once the water reaches a certain temperature, either by a pump or by thermosyphoning, it will be circulated to the storage tank.
• A water cycle is created when hot water leaves the collector and is being replaced by cold water from the bottom of the storage tank.
• Until it is needed, pre-heated water is conveniently stored in the tank.
• Because hot water rises just like air, heated water is taken from the top of the storage tank whenever you take a shower, or turn on your hot water tap.