Have You Ever Built a Solar Water Heater?

| 8/10/2009 11:35:05 AM

Tags: question to readers, solar water heater,

The idea of heating water with the power of the sun is as old as … the Earth! But capturing that energy to efficiently heat water for domestic use is a more recent innovation. You can purchase and install manufactured solar hot water systems or build one yourself. Beginning in 2010, all new-house construction in Hawaii will be required to have solar water heaters.

Rather than a whole-house system, you can erect a simple outdoor, solar-heated shower.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers have been inventing ways to produce solar-heated water for decades. Have you built a solar water heater? If so, in the comments section below, tell us about it and how well it performed.


5/27/2018 9:47:17 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha. Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

Greg West_1
8/24/2009 2:16:07 PM

John, I would like to see your project photos also if you don't mind. I live in NW Georgia and have been building solar panels for heating air. But I've been to a lot of places on the net looking at other heaters, water mainly. I would be grateful for your advice and help. I have a new e-mail now. Sincerely, Greg West gwest77@comcast.net

John Mihaloew
8/14/2009 4:35:06 PM

A quick caveat....I didn't develop this type of solar pannel. I back checked my research to find where I got the ideas from. It was John Canivan. The sites I learned this from were jc-solarhomes.com and mandodesigno.com/ben/serpentine.html. I wanted to ensure credit is placed where credit is due. I'm still going to share how I did my pannels and photos. To all who wrote...thanks. Expect something by Saturday night. John

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