These days you hear about all kinds of ideas and initiatives to save energy and our planet’s resources, and one of my favorites is solar water heating. These systems allow you to take advantage of the sun’s natural heat, and transfer it to the water in your home.

Solar water heating systems won’t provide all the hot water you may need, unless you live in an extreme southern climate. But for most folks, it can take care of about 50 to 80 percent of your hot water needs. When you realize that water heating is usually the number two energy user in your home, then solar energy and solar heating really makes a big difference.

And even though these systems use some energy, the cost to operate them is only about 10 percent of a conventional water heating system.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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