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solar hot water vs. morning showers

paul wheaton

Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 17419
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
For those of you with solar hot water, how well does the water stay warm through the night?

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Irene Kightley

Joined: Apr 13, 2009
Posts: 368
Location: South West France
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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Dave Boehnlein

Joined: Jun 10, 2007
Posts: 294
Location: Orcas Island, WA
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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Gwen Lynn

Joined: Sep 04, 2008
Posts: 736
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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