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Solar Energy For Water Heating

Solar energy is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional off the grid electricity that is metered by companies. More and more households are installing solar energy systems these days and businesses are beginning to follow suit. What you may not know is that solar energy doesn't only have to be used to produce electricity – it can also be used for heating water for a variety of purposes as well. The process of using solar energy to heat water begins with a receptacle to store the water, which is generally located on the roof in an area that receives the most direct sunlight. It will usually be an insulated box with a lot of copper piping affixed to it. The copper piping acts as a conductor for the heat and is responsible for delivering the heated water throughout the home. For residential consumption, there are two types of systems - passive and active. Passive systems mean the water flows through it via gravity while active systems use a pump. Both k