How To Convert An Electric Water Heater To Run Off Solar
Maybe you want to get off the grid, or maybe you just want to save on your power bill. Whatever your initial motivation is, once you know all the advantages, you can rest assured that converting your electric water heater to solar is a rational, economical, and environmentally savvy decision. Home water heaters are energy hogs. According to the United States Department of Energy, home water heaters are typically the second largest user of energy among home appliances. So why not take advantage of all that freely available solar energy in the form of sunshine to help you cut energy costs? And don’t believe the rumor that solar powered appliances don’t work in the winter time. They work year round.
You’ve probably heard of using solar energy to supplement your electrical power, which is typically your largest energy expense. Well, the same principle applies here. You can also use solar power to supplement your second largest energy expense: your hot water. Setting it up is an inexpensive job that you can probably handle yourself and, once set up, the water panels are low maintenance. You simply have to do your research and carefully follow instructions. If your set up does not fulfill certain conditions, the conversion will not be effective, so be sure to read all instructions to the end.
Try not to be intimidated by the scope of the project. Just remember, heating water using the sun is among the most ancient of practices. Sunlight is the original source of heat. That said, it can be daunting to integrate this practice into your home water system. The process can appear complicated at first and involves many terms that might be unfamiliar to you. Just take a deep breath. With the help of careful instructions, preparation, and patience, the job should proceed smoothly and result in a new solar hot water system for your home.
Below you’ll find information on some important terms that might help you as you navigate the conversion process. (PAGE 2)