Home Made Solar Water Heater - Basic Steps and Instructions

Do you wish to make your own home made solar water heater?

A solar water heater can save you lots of money and you might find that it's incredibly helpful when you're camping or hiking.

You can be roughing it and still get hot water to wash your dishes and yourself when you know how to make your own water heater.

Easy and portable

Now, if you're camping or rafting, you're going to want to consider making a simple, portable solar water heater, and you don't want it to be too heavy or hard to carry. Keep in mind that you can make a small solar panel and carry it with you, but unless you're able to attach this to an RV or will be in a position where you don't have to carry it, a solar panel might be frustrating to try to lug around.

Instead, consider this simple method for making a home made solar water heater for your camping needs.

You will need:

  • A one gallon bleach spraying system, without the bleach of course
  • Ten feet of 3/8 diameter of clear vinyl tubing
  • A can of black spray paint
  • Three four foot lengths of PVC piping
  • Three five foot lengths of PVC piping
  • Three tri hole fittings for connecting the piping
  • Rope, tarp and a hacksaw and knife

How to do put this home made solar water heater together:

  1. The first thing you should do is take out the original tubing of the spraying system and replace it with the vinyl tubing.

  2. Then you should put the spraying system together as the instructions say to do

  3. Cut the spraying wand down to about 6", but if there is a bend in the sprayer, don't cut into that.

  4. Fill the spraying system with water and pump it to make sure that there are no leaks.

  5. Next, paint the jug black. You can also cover it with thermal material to help the water inside the jug get good and hot for your shower.

  6. You can make a stand for your home made solar water heater by making a triangle out of the PVC piping and attach a tarp to it for a shower curtain.

More complicated and permanent

Now, what if you're considering making a solar water heater for your home? These can be a bit more complicated, but you should know that you can complete a project such as this in about a weekend if you make sure to have the time and are a little bit handy.

One of the most common types of home made solar water heaters that you add to your home is called the solar "breadbox" water heater.

With a hot water heater of this kind, you can install it on your roof, or you can leave it on the ground, because your plumbing will bring it to your home. However, if you are planning to take on a project such as this, it's important that you have a little bit of plumbing know-how. If you know someone who has built one of these systems, it can also be helpful to enlist their help.

For this project, you will probably need some full instructions, which you can find at a source such as BuildItSolar.com. This will help you to find clear, step by step instructions that will help you to build your home made solar water heater easily.

One of the benefits of building a home made solar water heater is that you can save lots of money on energy, it won't cost you much, and you may also qualify for the tax credit when you install a device such as this.

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