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    What is a solar pool heater?

    The demand for alternative heating sources has increased. One of the most popular and easy methods is solar heating. Many who are considering solar panels to heat their homes and water don't realize that the same panels can be used to heat swimming pools. In fact, solar pool heating is not only as effective as traditional pool heating - a solar pool heater saves you money as well.

    The installation of solar collectors for pool heating may take as little as a day, depending on how much work needs to be done. In some cases the installation may take up to three days, but rarely more than that. The installation of solar pool heating will make the water temperature comfortable and extend the swimming season as the weather gets cooler.


    The ability to start swimming earlier in the spring and later into the fall are very tempting, but is solar pool heating affordable? One of the most important things to know about solar pool heating is the cost has plummeted in recent years. The government has embraced green energy and has both grants and monthly rebates available.

    The grants are a partial refund for the up-front cost of installation, which can take several weeks to receive. Monthly rebates come when you don't use all of the energy collected from the panels. If you make an agreement with the electric utility to give that unused energy back to the public grid, the utility will send you a cheque as payment for the electricity you gave up.

    Solar Pool HeatingU.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Heating your home with solar energy

    Of course, the solar pool heating panels can be used to warm not just the swimming pool but the entire house, depending on the size of the installation. Once you find a reputable installation service, they will guide you as you choose the best solar water heating system for your home.

    Whether you have a small home in the city or a sprawling estate in the country, solar pool heating is an increasingly affordable way to save money and the environment at the same time.