Soaking Up the Sun

If we are soaking it up for too long it can burn us, but more often than not the sun is our friend; with its surface burning at10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the sun is a hot commodity. It is enough that this star brings life and growth to our planet, but can it also line our pockets?  Utilizing the sun’s power is not a brand new concept, we have been using it to tan our skin, heat our homes and propel our vehicles for a while, but in the world of plumbing the sun offers another bright idea.

The concept of solar water heaters is one that is not very familiar to the public.  Much more hype has been place on solar home heating systems,but the energy of the sun is vast and so are the possibilities and opportunities to harness its power.  And since the sun’s price is well below the going rate it is also budget- savvy.  Like most green and top-notch technology, installing the initial device can be a little more costly than a traditional system, but over the long run, the solar device will help you save; tells us that, “On average, if you install a solar water heater, your water heating bills should drop 50%–80%. Also, because the sun is free, you’re protected from future fuel shortages and price hikes.”

There are several different types of solar water heaters, the two most common are active and passive.  Active systems include circulating pumps and are more expensive and more intricate to install, but can handle more volume.  Passive require very little maintenance and are among the simplest to install.  When choosing your system, your region and the amount of water you use daily should be taken in to consideration.  Also, remember that switching over to solar doesn’t mean a whole new renovation, as you can read,“In most instances, solar hot water heaters are designed to accommodate an existing system. In effect the solar powered system is retro fitted to a secondary fuel powered water heating unit that serves as a backup. Since the sun’s natural radiation isn’t always accessible, a sufficient back up source is required.”

Being independent from the rises and falls in the market place and being able to rely on an entity as reliable as the sun is a good feeling, there are not many choices that can save us money and save our earth at the same time, so it is a good thing to look in to. That is at least until someone figures out how to place a tax on the sun.

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