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Solar Power Water Boiler - Saving On Utility Bills With Solar

Feb 20, 2008
The studies suggest that providing hot water to a family home accounts for nearly a third of the total monthly utlility bill. This is bad enough but it seems that this trend will continue to rise in the future as most of the fuels that are used to create hot water are fossil fuels. Fossils fuels are a finite resource that will get harder to find and pull out of the ground. This will result in higher bills been handed down to the consumers. Bills will rise to the angst of the average consumer but even the large utility corporations and governments are becoming concerned over alternatives to fossil fuels. This is partly to keep their shareholders and voters happy and to address the worries over environmental damage caused by the burning of fossil fuels. One alternative is to use solar power to heat water. It can promise savings on energy bills and a more environmentally friendly approach to creating energy. This article will talk about solar power water boiler systems and how they could be an option for your home.

Using the sun to heat water has been used for thousands of years. It is still one of the more popular ways to use solar energy even today and the basic principle remains the same. It is simply a matter of placing water in a location where it can be exposed to the suns thermal rays. There are two common approaches to doing this. They are called the flat plate collector and batch collector systems.

Flat plate collectors are simply a series of pipes that are placed in a part of the home where there is direct sunlight (generally a south facing roof). Water is passed through the pipes and is heated by the sun in the process. The pipes are designed to take maximum advantage of the thermal heat.

A batch collector system is a specially made water tank that will absorb the thermal heating provided by the sun and thus heat the water stored in the tank. This water can then be used in the home. The tank is placed in a position where it can get maximum exposure to sunlight.

The water supplied by either of these systems can then be used in the regular plumbing system of the house where it can be used for everyday usage such as showers, washing up the dishes and cooking. Even though the home will still be connected to the electricity or gas that normally heats the water, the solar heated water will require a lot less energy to heat it than ordinary cooler water. This will help to save on energy bills.

The cost of purchasing and installing one of these systems is still fairly expensive depending on the size of system that you require. However once the system is installed, the running costs are virtually nil and the system itself will last up to 25 years. When you factor this into the buying equation you will find that you may have paid off the initial cost within 5 years. The rest of the time you will be saving money on your energy bills. This can really add up over a 20 year period.
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For more details on solar water heating visit www.solarpowerappliances.com. You will also find swimming pool solar heating systems and solar garden lighting.
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