The answer is yes depending on you doing it yourself or hiring a contractor. The cost here depends on if you are a person who is familiar with mechanical and plumbing techniques. First let us examine different types of solar hot water systems and their applications.
Recent studies have revealed that a household of 4 people would need a solar collector of 128 square feet with a storage tank of 150 gallons. Estimated cost for this system is between $10,000 to $18,000 depending on a few variables such as use of shut-off valves and installing by-pass valves. If you are building a new home then your contractor could implement this into the building cost, saving you immediately when you move in. but, what if you are an existing home owner? What I propose doing is building your own system.
You can help our environment by installing a DIY solar hot water system. Hot water heaters are usually powered by electricity or natural gas. If you are lucky enough to find most of your parts at a junk yard or plumbing supply scrape yard then you are already ahead of most people. You should be able to build your own system for around $200. It is very simple and you should be able to build on in a few days.
Tips for building your own solar hot water system:
These are just a few tips to make your installation easier and last many years without any major problems. If you are interested in building your own system then visit my website at DIY Solar Hot Water Heater for more information and feel free to leave any comments you might have.
Jerry Standefer is owner and webmaster of DIY Solar Hot Water Heater, a blog which reviews solar hot water diy systems. Visit our site and leave your opinions at [diysolarhotwaterheater.com].
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