It’s common knowledge that solar panels can be installed onto the roof of a home to run appliances and provide light, but did you know that the next hot shower you take has the potential to be fueled by solar energy? You probably didn’t expect solar and water to mix!

As an affordable option that allows you to dip your toe into the idea of clean energy, solar water heaters can be an easy addition to anyone’s home. They work similarly to full solar energy systems, with just some slightly different mechanics.

One or two solar panels are installed onto your roof, and the energy they absorb from the sun is transferred to a fluid contained within the system. This heated fluid is retained until it’s needed, and then transfers its heat to your water supply.

There are several different types of solar water heaters available depending on your climate and your budget. For the sunny atmosphere of Florida, you’ll probably see the most success with a direct circulation system. If you want a cheaper, yet less effective option, an integral collector-storage passive system might be right up your alley.

It’s exciting to think about all of the different options available when it comes to the solar power industry. Before long, items like your shower or vacuum cleaner will run off the sun and no one will think twice about it. Taking small steps toward using clean energy will help to make it more commonplace for everyone to use, and this in turn will help drive down prices and encourage legislation to make it more affordable for all.