Thursday, 21 August 2014
DIY Solar Heated Geyser to Save Energy
By using a solar power to heat your geyser not only will you be doing your bit to save electricity but you will also
be reducing your dependence on Eskom.
So converting to a solar heated geyser makes a lot of sense, not to mention saving money on your electricity bill.
Even if you do not go for the DIY option, installing one of the more expensive solar waterheating systems will pay you in the
medium to long term - in other words its cost will be paid off in the savings you will realise in your electricity bill.
So whether you go for a homemade solar geyser or a professionally installed one, you will be saving energy as well as money.
About Installing a DIY Solar Geyser
Another benefit to installing a solar geyser is that Eskom will refund you a percentage of the cost of the installation of
an approved solar water heating systems.
- Tools & Skills
To make your own homemade water heating system you will need to be fairly good with your hands & will
need skills such as woodworking & brazing skills for example.
You will also need to have a comprehensive set of tools to perform the above tasks as well.
Some of the components & materials that will be needed to build the system are as follows;
- Solar collector panel
- Solar geyser which is not the same as a normal high pressure geyser although you may be able to modify your existing
geyser to work with the solar panel - you will have to check with a professional in the industry before attempting this though
- Collector panel which must face north at an angle of around 40°
- Other material will be things like copper tubing, copper connectors, legths of wood, wood glue, rivet gun & rivets, etc.
- How it All Works
The sun's rays striking the solar panel will cause it to heat up the water in the copper pipes which will flow into the geyser
which must be positioned above the panel.
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 Own Solar Energy
If you are interested in building your own solar panels to provide for your energy needs you should read
this DIY Guide
which will walk you through the step-by-step process of constructing 60 to 120 watt solar panels for
way less than the retail price.