Let’s start with solar lighting as the main topic of this blog, and then we will dig into solar systems, solar hot water systems and other solar-related topics.
What is a solar hot water system? A solar hot water system is used to provide electricity for the whole house or even for the entire water heating system. In my opinion, this is a very good idea. We already use a lot of electricity but most of it is derived from coal-burning power plants that release pollutants into our air. By using solar hot water systems we are taking a giant step in the direction of returning our planet to an “unburned” state.
A solar hot water system works by using heat from the sun to produce hot water. The solar collector collects solar radiation and turns it into heat, which is then used to heat the water. This is in theory done in such a way that if there was no solar radiation at all no heat would be produced and the solar hot water system would not be practical. The amount of heat produced depends on how much solar radiation the solar collector receives and the temperature of the surrounding area where the solar hot water system is located.
Another use of solar hot water systems is to provide emergency backup electricity. I live in a remote area and have several cousins who live close by. We have access to an electric company but we need at least one person to come out regularly to help us maintain the electrical current. Since the solar hot water system is equipped with a backup generator, we have been able to use this method of backup electricity for quite some time now without any additional investment by our family.
One of the most popular reasons to install a solar hot water system is that they are aesthetically pleasing as well as cost-effective. They do not contribute to air pollution and most solar hot water systems use just water as their primary source of solar radiation. This is because using just water for solar radiation is the cheapest way possible to collect this type of radiation. The heat from the solar hot water system is stored in an unheated basement. During the day when temperatures are high the water in the basement is heated and at night when temperatures drop the water is cooled down.
One of the nicest features about solar hot water systems is the fact that you do not have to deal with all the hassles that come along with trying to figure out how to wire an electric heater system into your home. You can simply hire a solar contractor who will in turn hire a licensed electrician to put in the needed wiring. As long as you make sure you are following the electrical safety rules you will be quite safe. The solar hot water system will also save you a ton of money over the years because you will not have to pay for any power.