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Posted by Mike Condon on August 17, 2011, 1:30 am
A solar batch water heater, also known as a breadbox solar water
heater is a great money saving idea.
Traditionally the humble water heater has accounted for around 40% of
the average household's energy use here in Australia. In colder
climates the heating bill is higher so the proportion of the energy
bill will be lower, but even at 25% of your total energy bill, saving
money by heating water with the sun makes sense.

There is a massive move towards reducing carbon production worldwide
right now. Many governments are actively encouraging people to install
energy efficient appliances. In line with the swing in consumer
choice, due in a large part to government rebates and incentives, and
definitely due to a growing public awareness of energy wastage, many
people are considering solar hot water over more traditional electric
element water heaters. Stick around, read my article and put yourself
in a position to save a significant amount of energy and money.

Posted by Morris Dovey on August 17, 2011, 3:57 am
On 8/16/11 8:30 PM, Mike Condon wrote:

For Au$00, you should be able to build a passive flat panel hot water
heater capable of maintaining an insulated 100 gallon/379 L tank at 50C
for normal domestic use. Box heaters are easier to build, but why not
get the best possible result for the money spent?

"In colder climates the heating bill is higher"

Why would you say that? Go to http://www.iedu.com/Solar/  and click on
the top photo. Recalibrate your thinking.

Morris Dovey

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