Ever complain about your light bill? Ever increasing utility bills getting you down? Ever wish you could do something about it? You can. You can reduce your light bill by approximately one third simply by letting the sun heat your water. Solar hot water is one of the simplest and easiest methods of reducing your dependence on electricity which is becoming more and more expensive every day. Couldn’t you use that money for something else? I could, and I do.
People have been using the free power of the sun to produce solar hot water since the time of stone knives and spear points. It is one of the oldest known methods of heating water, and it is still in wide usage around the world, today. Of course, the methods have been improved considerably and made to work more efficiently but the basics are still the same as always. Expose water to the direct rays of the sun and it gets hot. What could be simpler?
There are a couple ways you can go about having solar hot water. You can purchase a unit and have it installed by professionals, costing you thousands of dollars, or you can build your own for about $70.00 worth of materials, and a week end to put it together. You do not have to be a carpenter or have any technical knowledge since a solar water heater is simple to build and easy to install. All you have to do is follow simple, step by step instructions. You only need a few tools and as I mentioned, you can put it together and install it in less than a week end and still have time to watch the ball game or your favorite movie. By Monday morning, you will be able to laugh at the power company because you have just reduced your dependence on their expensive electricity by about one third, plus you have just provided yourself a system that produces no pollution what-so-ever.
You can even hook it up to work in conjunction with your existing water heater. This will eliminate or reduce the amount of work your existing water heater has to do prolonging the life of your water heater, after all, water that is already hot doesn’t need to be heated. This will provide you with a back up in the case of prolonged cold sunless weather in the wintertime.