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solar hot water vs. morning showers

 
paul wheaton
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For those of you with solar hot water, how well does the water stay warm through the night?
 
Irene Kightley
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If your hot water tank is really well insulated then you can have a good shower in the morning if there's been a lot of sun the day before. 
 
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Combining solar hot water, on-demand propane back up, and a good thermostat will get you hot water when you want it. Between solar pre-heating, insulating the tank, and having a little propane to boost it to the desired temp it should work just fine and use minimal fuel.

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If your water does get cold, remember that it's actually better for your skin to shower at night. Gives your body a chance to replenish the oils you wash away with soap & water.
 
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