homemade solar water heaters -Home made solar water heater/save $30 a month on power bill

January 29, 2012 – 6:32 pm

** Start with old sliding glass doors. Water heater as a storage tank.Do alone. Free eneregy

** Home Made DIY Solar Water Heater circulation. 12-10ft and 24 x1in – 1in and PVC. Circulation solar water heater. If you like what you see please give a thumbs up. Video Rating: 4 / 5

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  1. 36 Responses to “homemade solar water heaters -Home made solar water heater/save $30 a month on power bill”

  2. @earthwindwaterjunky Hello. I do not drain this system,I simply cover it a night with a water proof blanket.

    By markp0177 on Jan 29, 2012

  3. Do have issues with freezing water in the winter? Do you drain and bypass it in the winter?

    By earthwindwaterjunky on Jan 29, 2012

  4. @osokthedevil Sorry. I sold this solar water heater to a man in tennessee, I have made several and on a sunny day it will heat up to 140degs.  Mark

    By markp0177 on Jan 29, 2012

  5. could you do a follow up showing the temp and working please

    By osokthedevil on Jan 29, 2012

  6. @josephdupont I use old glass doors from the 70’s. I have hosed them off on a hot day with no trouble. I also make solar panels with new tempered glass with no problems.

    By markp0177 on Jan 29, 2012

  7. I´ve had bad results with thermopane doors.. they tend to explode when the rain hits a hot one.

    By josephdupont on Jan 29, 2012

  8. Just to let you know, my solar panel is still holding up very good using your frame. I hope to buy from you in the future. Thanks!

    By sqhschief on Jan 29, 2012

  9. great

    By saurabhvishwas on Jan 29, 2012

  10. Alabama here also, ive been using a solar batch water heater kinda like that for almost 6 years now. Nice Job

    By freedomsailer on Jan 29, 2012


    By galegregory97comcast on Jan 29, 2012

  12. Very good design and efficient!!!!

    By daweclanman on Jan 29, 2012

  13. I think a serpentine type of layout from the bottom to the top would be nice also. give it a try if you want anyone.

    By trailkeeper on Jan 30, 2012

  14. its nice, and something everyone would appreciate

    By trailkeeper on Jan 30, 2012

  15. “Ts” allow for the heat to passively move the water as it warms up instead of the pressure like you have ,,excellent build,,I like

    By Voltage449 on Jan 30, 2012

  16. how much are you saving on the electric bill? And are you using another tank or just one?

    By MegaDeathwarrant on Jan 30, 2012

  17. I want to do something like this — does the PVC hold up? Any special cement or just the regular stuff? Wonder what’s better, this or coiled pipe?

    I do have to deal with winter so i was actually thinking of a thermostatically controlled valve that would keep water out of it at night or freezing cloudy days.

    By marz3335 on Jan 30, 2012

  18. Cool, Do you have the outlet pipe connected dircect to your hot water line or to a collection tank? thanks

    By jwaflergmailcom on Jan 30, 2012

  19. I made the identical system ( PVC and 90 degree elbows and all….setup on the roof of my home in Oviedo, Florida back in the 1980’s.
    I only had it hooked directly to my clothes washer out on the patio.
    (I didn’t know how to hook it directly up to my hot water heater.)
    I never measured the temperature either…. but it was great for hot washing of our clothes.

    Nice job !

    By Snailmailtrucker on Jan 30, 2012

  20. T’s are needed for passive water heater system. Heated water expands a bit and therefore raises up and then goes in to the warm water tank. This system of yours requires pump to circulate the water.

    By oilinki3 on Jan 30, 2012

  21. @electronicdawg OMG~ OMG~

    By sheeplvl1 on Jan 30, 2012

  22. Yes but what is the ambient temp of the water before heating? I doubt if our 60 degree well water would warm sufficiently to use it on a continuous flow basis.

    By PinkiesParlour on Jan 30, 2012

  23. @flamedrag18 It really depends on the outside ambient temperature. In the summer here in west Texas hot enough to scald you 180/200″. I heard my hot water heater relief valve peculating several times this year so maybe it was boiling. Hot, hot, hot.

    By electronicdawg on Jan 30, 2012

  24. @electronicdawg ok, since I was wondering what the maximum temperature you could get out of this if you left the water in there for a while instead of it free flowing.

    By flamedrag18 on Jan 30, 2012

  25. @flamedrag18 I don’t know system wasn’t designed to be capped off. Not a water storage, it’s free flowing.

    By electronicdawg on Jan 30, 2012

  26. continous flow? wow, that’s amazing since you don’t need to leave in the pipe to warm up, just turn the water on and presto, you got a nice shower. how much water does the system hold though if capped?

    By flamedrag18 on Jan 30, 2012

  27. The reason why people use the “T” is for easy draining of water which is most necessary in colder climates. If you wanted to be really simple, you don’t need to make a heat with joints at all. All you have to do is use coiled copper tube and paint it black.. But draining will be a pain. In climates when freezing temperatures is not an issue. Serpentine and continuous loop water heaters are more feasible.

    By wlomond on Jan 30, 2012

  28. @foggymedia have it running into my water heater on city water pressure. Gets hot enough, I’m sure it would siphon.

    By electronicdawg on Jan 30, 2012

  29. @godbluffvdgg It gets directly fed into the water heater, using the pressure relief valve of it. If you laid it flat and boxed it in you could fill it half way with sand to act as an insulator, may not freeze at night that way..

    By electronicdawg on Jan 30, 2012

  30. @electronicdawg I wonder if instead of draining it for the winter, Back feed it with the hot water. Also a check valve should be used on the house side. Being a builder, I would suggest to create a dormer on your roof with insulated walls and roof rafters. Clear skylites or caulked in Lexan for the roof would allow solar transference in the winter and would make a more esthetic covering. You can make it removable by installing galvanized metal angles under shingles and bolt in to frame. peace

    By godbluffvdgg on Jan 30, 2012

  31. @themarkmarcus Thank’, have a great build. Don’t forget to used compressed air when you drain it in winter. Blow it clear of water so it doesn’t freeze.

    By electronicdawg on Jan 30, 2012

  32. aw man! that’s great! i’m gonna build one just like that! i like the idea with the elbows instead of the tees! good job buddy!

    By themarkmarcus on Jan 30, 2012

  33. Thanks for the great video!

    Do you have the angle the set up for the thermosiphon effect, or is it fine to just have the high point of the exit pipe?

    By foggymedia on Jan 30, 2012

  34. @wilatemodel Thank’s

    By electronicdawg on Jan 30, 2012


    By wilatemodel on Jan 30, 2012

  36. @124php Well I guess you could seeing this contraption delivers continues hot water with that configuration. As long as the sun is shinning

    By electronicdawg on Jan 30, 2012

  37. Nice DIY. Do you mean 150 Fahrenheit ? How much liter can you heat. For example could you fill a bathtub with it ? I ask it honestly, cause I am looking to build one of my own for at least take a warm bath (with solar heated water)/

    By 124php on Jan 30, 2012

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