Self-Sustaining Project: Solar Powered Heater

solar thermal thermosyphon water heater
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I don’t believe I have mentioned this project before but I’m mentioning it now, obviously (sorry, I’m blabbing once again!). Anyways, in lieu of the World Water Day yesterday and the upcoming Earth Hour this Saturday, March 26, 2011, where we are definitely participating, I’d like to talk about this solution we have adapted during the house construction. The very first time I heard about solar powered water heaters, I just knew we were meant to be.

Lazy Mama Fact: I can’t take a bath without hot water – even in the summer season.

Go ahead. Laugh.

When I go out of town, I would normally bring my travel water heater. I couldn’t find anything like it over the internet but it is normally made out of plastic (mentioning plastic just made me think twice about using it again in heat) and it is immersed in the water while plugged in to heat the water.

Yeah, that’s how pathetic I can be.

Before we moved into our current home, we were (or I was?) lucky enough to find places that has built in heaters in their bathrooms.

Well, at least I’m lucky, eh?

So there, I guess now you know why I said, meant to be.

Solar Water Heaters are just like any conventional water heaters that heats water and stores it for you. The only difference is that the system draws power from the sun.

What I like about it

I like that I save on power costs and because it is solar powered, you can definitely say it is earth friendly as well. Now, if there would be a power outage, taking a bath would be the least of my problems. Unlike my situation from previous places we rented. It’s one thing off my mind.

Also, because solar power is free, I was able to have hot water in all bathrooms, kitchen and laundry.

What I don’t like about it

During cloudy days, water does not seem to reach it’s maximum temperature. But this can be solved by plugging the heater into a power source.

All in all we love it and we recommend it to friends too! It might cost you a bit in the beginning because it does not come cheap but you might as well treat it as an investment. Think about the money you will save from electricity bills.

This is part of our ongoing self-sustaining project that I’m going to share more with you soon.

This coming Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM is Earth Hour. For an hour, switch off your lights to show your support. For a real impact, energy efficiency should be applied in our everyday lives – reducing power, water and other resources usage.

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2 COMMENTS
  • Kim
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    How much does it cost?
    Kim recently posted..Travel Tuesday 3

    1. The Lazy Mama
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      It depends on the size, Kim. And also from the company you’re going to buy it from.

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