Are solar water heater systems practical?



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    If you live in a place that gets frequent sun and mild winters, solar water heater systems are very practical.    I spent this summer in Nepal and India, and you see solar water heaters everywhere there.   Basically they were black tanks located in an area that got lots of sunlight and every shower I took while there was surprisingly nice.   Of course those were the crudest versions of solar heaters.   You have to consider the environment where you live though.   The design will depend on variance in temperature: for example if you have cold winters or you don’t get much sun some period of the year.   A friend of mine who does ecological construction designs passive solar heating water systems with the back up option of a wood stove heating the water on rainy days.   Our climate’s comparable to Seattle’s and we typically don’t have to worry though about water freezing and breaking pipes.

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