Heating your water with the sun might be the easiest step you can take in your journey to becoming completely "Green." As in any new process or technology, you will have to make a few adjustments to your appliances. In this case, those adjustments include purchasing a solar powered water heater and possibly a storage tank. In some cases you might be able to adjust your current water heater. Before you do anything, research the options available to you carefully. There's no reason to spend money on a new purchase if you don't need to. It is possible to make your own solar power source if you are handy with tools and have the patience to do a good job. There are kits and plans for sale all over the Internet. A Google search will turn up many options that will help you build your own solar water heater if you like adventure. Before you get too involved, it might be a good idea to find a solar power or "Going Green" forum or blog to get your questions answered and get advice from those who have experience they'll freely share with you. Water heating is a major expense on your utility bill and it shows no sign of getting cheaper as power-generating companies steadily increase their prices to cover rising costs of resources. If you invest in a pre-built solar water heating system or build one yourself out of materials piled in your garage, you can reduce your monthly household power bill by as much as $100. The most important part you need is the solar panel, which transforms the sun's solar energy into the element that heats your water before it gets to your house. Some systems recommend a separate storage tank between your solar panel and your house's hot water heater. Your normal gas or electric-heated water heater might need some adjustments or replacement altogether to exist in your new solar system. Be sure to get all the details before you invest in any system. Good solar panels can be purchased in stores or online, some included in kits. You can also get plans for constructing your own panel and entire system. Generally, the prices online will be cheaper than the prices in retail stores. You will also need some pipes, insulating tape, wires and tubes if you are building your own. Ask questions until you are satisfied with the answers and the requirements of any system you are considering adding to your household.
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