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Question for Bob: Different Styles of Solar Water heaters?

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I am trying to imagine what a solar water heater would look like. Are there different styles for different applications? How would one choose? Would it matter if one were totally off grid?
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There are different types of solar water heaters. The differences are mostly dependent on the climate you are in. For most people in most places the collectors are typically 4' x 8' x 4" aluminum boxes that have a glass front and are mounted on a roof or on a rack. This style has proven itself over a long time to be most efficient and cost effective. You can do a web search and see lots of examples. I have a whole chapter of my book dedicated to this subject.

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