Installing a solar water heater is a great place to start if you want to invest in environmentally-friendly appliances. Most property owners install electric water heaters in their establishments without a second thought during construction. It is nearly impossible to find a rental unit that does not have an electric water heater.
However, it is important to note that electric water heaters consume a significant amount of electricity making them expensive to maintain. Solar water heaters, on the other hand, cost you nothing to run once installed, since the sun is free to use.
In light of the ongoing fuel crisis, which has caused prices to skyrocket, more people are shifting to green energy. The use of solar energy has grown in popularity in recent years as it allows you to build a more sustainable future.
What are solar water heaters?
Solar water heaters use the sun’s energy to heat water. The energy is converted into heat, which is then used to warm water for domestic or commercial use. The heating system consists of pumps, storage containers, and a variety of features designed to maximize the amount of energy collected and converted to heat to warm your water.
The benefits of using a solar water heating system
Save money: Solar water heaters are powered entirely by the sun, which is a free source of energy. As a result, it is a very cost-effective way to heat water. By installing a solar water heating system, you will not only save money on electricity, but you will also save money on taxes. Living in Kenya, you’re used to seeing a lot of unnecessary charges on your receipt, but solar eliminates all of that.
Enjoy hot water even during the blackout: As a Kenyan, you are used to the regular blackouts. During cold weather, there is nothing worse than a cold shower in the wee hours of the morning. With a solar water heater, you are assured of enjoying your showers any day anytime and at the perfect temperature. Besides, solar is not affected by thunderstorms and you can rest assured to have a constant supply of electricity even on rainy days.
They are low maintenance: Solar systems require little to no maintenance. The systems’ construction is simple, and their maintenance is even simpler. To ensure that the system works properly, avoid placing the panels under a shade so that they receive direct sunlight from the sun. You can also clean the plates regularly to prevent dust accumulation. If you properly maintain your system, it can serve you for more than 20 years, making it an excellent investment.
Efficiency: Solar panels require daylight to function. Even on a cloudy day, photovoltaic cells absorb energy and convert it into electricity, which can then be used to heat water. Approximately 80% of the sun’s radiation is converted into heat energy, which can then be used to generate electricity for a variety of purposes. Solar energy is certainly more efficient than hydroelectric power in places like Kenya, where you can expect a blackout whenever it rains.
Increases your property value: Each improvement you make to your home raises its value. A solar-powered home is a valuable asset. It reduces the buyers’ energy costs and maintenance costs while also contributing to the green energy mission. The ability to provide an efficient heating solution attracts more potential customers.
Water heating is essential in the majority of households and commercial establishments. You require hot water for a variety of reasons, which means we require some form of energy to achieve this effect. When compared to other energy sources, solar energy is the most cost-effective. Solar water heaters can help you save money by reducing your electricity or gas costs.