Friday, 18 April 2014
Save Energy With a DIY Solar Heated Geyser
As South Africans have come to realise, electricity supply is limted & generally there isn't enough to go around resulting in
"load shedding" and all too often power outages.
It is therefore not a moment too soon to start considering alternative power solutions, the most obvious of which is solar power
which, in South Africa, is plentiful & free.
In this regard, you'll find that your home's geyser is one of the biggest electricity consumers out of all the electric appliances in your house,
so by using solar power (instead of electricity) to power this item you will not only reduce overall electricity consumption
but will also save you a lot of money.
Therefore living in a sunny country means that converting to solar geyser is a no brainer - in fact anyone not doing it must be crazy when
you consider the potential power & money savings you'll realise - not to mention the beauty of not having to be totally dependent on Eskom.
3 Important Questions About Installing a Solar Geyser
- How Does a Solar Geyser Work?
The energy contained in the sun's rays provides the heating power necessary to heat the water in your geyser.
The water is heated up as it circulates through glass tubes or solar panels known as collectors - the heated water is then stored in the
geyser for use in the house.
- Can the Existing Geyser be Used?
Yes your existing geyser can be used but it would have to have a collector (see above) connected to it.
It should be noted however, that a solar geyser is designed & manufactured specifically for this purpose as it
is better insulated, works more efficiently with solar collectors & has a longer life.
- Does it Need to be Installed on the Roof?
The decision as to where it needs to be installed will depend on factors such as the pitch of the roof, the type of system that is used
and so on.
So it is quite possible that the tank can in fact be installed inside your house's roof but the installation would need to be assessed
by a solar heating expert.
About Building & Installing Your Solar Geyser
If you don't want to get your solar heated geyser installed professionally, a more expensive option, you will need to embark on the DIY option.
Whilst the pro option is probably a lot easier, it will cost you more money & will not necessarily be a better option than
building & installing it yourself.
Furthermore your solar heater can be built with stuff that can be purchased fairly cheaply at your local hardware store.
Another benefit to installing a solar geyser is that currently, an average of 20% of the money spent on a solar geyser is
returned by Eskom to the purchaser, according to spokesman Andrew Etzinger, in the way of a rebate.
So this additional saving is another signifigant incentive to get your solar water geyser installed - a saving in
electricity consumption as well as an Eskom rebate, you can't lose.
More on DIY Solar Hot Water Systems
So if you think you are up to building & installing your own solar water geyser, all you need is
a decent blueprint to guide you step by step through the whole process.
This guide has helped many people to be able to make their own inexpensive solar geysers & solar water heating systems -
so take action & get started today by downloading your
DIY Solar Hot Water System here »