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Sunshine is free

21 June 2009 No Comment

Eleanor Bron
That is just one of the reasons why South Africa’s sunny days are perfect for solar heating systems. Although available for many years, people have still not converted to solar power heating.

However, with ever increasing electricity bills, power outages and public outcries for going green, more people are now looking at alternative ways to save money and still have their luxury of continuous hot water.

You don’t have to purchase a new geyser just yet. You can convert your existing geyser to use solar power until you need to replace the geyser. The size of the heating panel is determined by the amount of hot water you use, as well as how much the sun shines in your area. But the lack of sunshine doesn’t necessarily mean the lack of hot water. The geyser still works with electricity if you have run out of solar power.
The solar heating system has a solar panel  that transfers the sun’s heat to the water. It has a storage container to store the heated water. Some systems work without electrical pumps and circulate water through natural processes. The system works almost like an ordinary geyser, transferring heat from one liquid to another very effectively. Even solar powered hydraulic under floor heating systems are also available and becoming popular.

The water can be heated to about 60 degrees Celsius, which is the same as with an ordinary geyser. Another benefit is that, according to the experts, the system requires minimal maintenance. Further benefits of these systems are that they will provide hot water even during power outages and it also saves energy. Solar heating systems save energy and that also provides smiling faces when the monthly electricity bill arrives in the post!

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