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Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by Sara R. Sage at December 03. 2004

Hello,

I know I could probably find the answers myself by looking online. Can anyone give me a basic rundown of how these units operate and how they look when they're installed? I know there are different types of collectors as well. I am trying to find out what would be the most cost effective solution for a water heater and since I don't know much about how they operate, I'm having a hard time with pricing. I want to compare it with an electric tankless water heater that would operate from a photo voltaic system.

Thanks!

Sara

Nevermind...

Posted by Sara R. Sage at December 03. 2004

I think I have the basics down...

[url href=http://library.energyguidedev.com/EnergyLibraryTopic.asp?bid=jeaprd=10TID=13402SubjectID=7754]Solar Water Heater Basics[/url]

[url href=http://www.thermomax.com/Advantages%20and%20Costs.htm]A Nice Diagram[/url]

If anyone has experience with a solar water heater, I'd like to know.

-Sara

Re: Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by Gregory La Vardera at December 03. 2004

Some resources that I had posted on the old boards:

The American Solar Energy Society Web Site

Solar Today Magazine

Home Power Magazine

Re: Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by Eric Smith at March 13. 2007

As far as I can tell Stiebel Eltron has some good looking solar panels & indirect tanks: http://www.houseneeds.com/shop/atop/solarindex.asp

Re: Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by sydney roberts at June 19. 2007

check out

http://www.southface.org/solar/index.htm

a solar thermal system will definitely be cheaper than a tankless system with PV.  by an order or magnitude.  with the 30% federal tax credit up to $2000 of installed cost, it really makes sense if you will be in your home for a while.

Re: Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by Scott Mason at June 20. 2007
Problem with solar is that it's usually ugly.

Dawn Solar has technology (seems to be an RFH system in reverse) that integrates into your roof (or walls) invisibly. 

http://www.dawnsolar.com/index.html

Re: Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by avenir.jim at November 19. 2008

It's entirely possible to heat your water with solar energy, while saving money on your energy bill. You can also help clean up the environment by using solar power instead of using polluting fossil fuels. And if you want, you can even build your own solar water heater.Building a solar hot water heater is actually not that hard. Although there are many designs and systems for solar water heaters, a few of them are relatively simple. It's the ideal do-it-yourself project, if you are so inclined.Here is one of the simplest versions of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects for solar water heating. But don't let the term "simple" fool you into thinking that this is not an effective way to reduce your energy bill.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.lincenergy.us

Re: Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by Green Guy at June 30. 2009

A solar water heater is a great investment. The ROI is very favorable compared to solar electric PV panels. The added benefit is lots and lots of really hot water that's free.



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Re: Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by Green Guy at June 30. 2009

A solar water heater is a great investment. The ROI is very favorable compared to solar electric PV panels. The added benefit is lots and lots of really hot water that's free.



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Re: Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by Archibald john at May 09. 2012

Solar water heating systems can achieve savings on your energy bills.  Based on the results of our recent field trial, typical savings from a well-installed and properly used system are £55 per year when replacing gas heating and £80 per year when replacing electric immersion heating; however, savings will vary from user to user.

Re: Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by rose at December 10. 2012

Hallo Everyone.

Solar water heater is so important to achieve saving utility bills...Solar water heater also called solar domestic hot water systems. There are two types of solar water heating systems: active, which have circulating pumps and controls, and passive, which don't.

Re: Solar Water Heater Basics?

Posted by mari tari at August 16. 2013

Solar water heating systems have a good economic payoff, and are manageable systems to install or build as a DIY project.  Some of the solar water heating designs are very simple and low cost.  You can save as much as $7000 by building your own system.

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