THE BEST HOT WATER HEATING SYSTEMS FOR OFF-GRID LIVING!
List Price: $120.00
One of the challenges to living off-grid is getting hot water. There are several ways of getting hot water that do not require connecting to the grid system. Each method has it's pros and cons and choosing a method will depend on where you live and your natural surroundings.
In the past people would simply heat their water on wood burning stoves and take a
One invention is the solar water
heater: The solar water heater can be used if you have a decent
amount of sun and while there are many solar water heaters that you
can buy you can also build one yourself and save a lot of money. A
basic solar water heater can be formed from an empty used gas water
heater. Paint it black and put it into a glass case (sort of like a
greenhouse) to capture the sun. The sun will heat up the water and
depending on where you live you may never have to pay for hot water
again. There is a video to your below that explains exactly how to
Solar Hot Water Heater Collector Panels_Convert Water Heater /Boiler into Hybrid
Another approach to off-grid hot water
areas that aren't as sunny is to hook up a hot water tank to a wood
stove. The wood stove will not only heat up your house and can be
used to cook on but it will also heat up the water tank. This is a
good solution for those with plenty of wood but not very much sun as
you have to have some kind of fuel to run the wood stove.
Of course one can
always use propane. While most people use propane as a temporary
method some people use propane as a way of life. The best off-grid
water heater using propane is Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless water
heater. It runs on propane and can be used anywhere as it is
portable. This system is very affordable and works well in interim
situations although many people have used this as their main hot
water system quite successfully. The downside is that you do have to
Other methods include generating
electricity through either solar panels, micro-hydrators (water
electricity) or wind turbines. All of these methods will generate
electricity and the electricity will heat up your hot water tank,
however heating hot water is energy intensive so I would turn to
these as methods of last resort. Not only that but they can be very
Finally, in a pinch you can use a solar hot water shower box. To use this you simply fill the container with water and set it in the sun for awhile. After it has heated up position it above yourself and enjoy a hot water shower. Many people use these containers while camping but they can also be used on a regular basis if you have enough sun. They are very affordable and have received very good reviews.
Whatever off-grid hot water heating system you choose it is very
important to have a source of hot water. There is nothing worse than
taking a cold shower in the winter and as far as I'm concerned hot
water is not a luxury but a necessity. Luckily, with the innovations
and inventions that we have today there is no reason one should go
without hot water and just as important without heating bills!
Free hot water from your wood cookstove by Patricia Greene from the January/February, 2010 issue of Countryside & Small Stock Journal
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