Do It Yourself Solar Power

So you think it’s time for a little do it yourself solar power project? Well with the very high heating bills we’ve all been experiencing, which has turned historic in a lot of places, it might be time to go back to basics. Sometimes we wonder if people even know that it is not mandatory to pay a high bill to the electric company every month? People are going off the grid everyday by using alternative energy sources, mainly using solar energy. Here are some ways for us to reach into our bag of DIY solar power projects and pull out one that will save you beaucoup bucks!

Do It Yourself or DIY, means people teaches themselves how to do something. In this case we’re talking about how to capture solar energy and use it for your home. This will make your home more energy efficient, save loads of money and the family is learning a good lesson on how to give back to Planet Earth.

The best ROI (return on investment) for almost all solar energy projects would be changing out the water heater. This do it yourself solar power project is not that hard to do and there are plenty of resources. There are a lot of free plans online that will teach you how to do this as well as detailed instructions that come with the solar hot water kit (you did know you need to buy a kit right?).

If don’t buy a kit and really want to DIY and you live lived in a warm climate, you can take a tank and paint it black and place it in a box that is glazed. If you go the kit routes and the proper water heater is used and approved, you could receive a federal tax rebate.

There are actually five types of solar heating for water:

  • Thermosyphon
  • Batch
  • Closed-loop drainback
  • Pressurized glycol
  • Open-loop direct

The difference between an open loop and a closed loop is the water is heated directly versus a collector that heats up the fluid then transfers the heat to a heat exchanger. A drainback system is used in colder climates. There is always a continuous drop between the collector and the tank. If this cannot be used, then a pressurized glycol system is used. The piping could be over, around, up, or down to help with solar heating.

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