Free Hot Water -

posted Oct 9, 2013, 5:37 PM by Keith Groninger   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 5:39 PM ]
Well not exactly: you have to purchase a solar water heater before you can have free hot water.  Piping for the solar water heater panels was installed today at the Carilli residence in Maitland.  The system is actually pretty simple and not much different than the diagram shown.  Installation is courtesy of Dave Bessette with Energy Technology Services.
In its simplest form, water is circulated through collectors located on the roof.  Much like a garden hose that's been laying in the sun, radiant heat is absorbed by the water and available for use in the home.  The hot water is stored in a super-insulated electric water heater that provides a backup source of hot water during rare times that the collectors don't produce enough.