Solar Powered Water Fountains
With the high cost of fossil fuels rising everyday, alternative energy sources are still being sought. Solar energy is not new, but to find different ways to implement this “free” energy has become more popular. Large solar panels have always been available as a source for heating swimming pools and even homes. In much the same way, small solar panels are now used to power both in the open air and inside water features. Fountains are features that run non-stop and they need a constant supply of energy. It is certainly more profitable if you choose to use solar energy over traditional electricity on equipment and machinery that never stops running.
What is solar energy?
Solar powered water features operate on sunlight that is collected by small solar panels. The sunlight is converted into electricity that powers the water feature as if it were plugged into an electrical outlet. The feaures pump system obtain energy directly from the solar cells or a battery charged by solar power. Like solar panels for swimming pools, water features have cables attached to smaller panels which are then placed in an area that offers maximum solar collection. If you do not like the look of them (although they can easily be hidden), solar powered features are also shipped with panels built directly into the system.
What types of solar powered fountains can you buy?
There are a wide variety of solar powered water features available. As the demand increases steadily, you can now find almost any classic fountain design with a solar option. Stone basins with elaborate statuary figures, water pouring from an amphora, tiered bowls, natural rock and geometric shaped fountains are all available using solar technology. Check with your local supplier or online for prices. The price range varies you can buy a very simple and inexpensive fountain for less than $ 30.00 or special order an elaborate stone feature costing thousands of dollars. Solar powered water features are available in styles for both indoor and outdoor. You only need to ensure that the placement of your water feature can access sunlight easily. Solar powered water fountains have become a huge success as part of their remarkable portability. They are also easy to install, the hardest part is transporting them from the store to its location in your home, in your garden. or, if you prefer, a wall fountain. For those who like to run their fountains 24 hours a day, it would be wise to buy a pump with a back-up battery. The battery packs ensure that your solar fountain will not only continue pumping throughout the evening, but during very cloudy days. Solar fountains with the ability to run full-time cost a little more and you need to decide whether the extra expense, is worth the money. Solar powered fountains are definitely a trend worth looking into as new solar option featured creations are sold more frequently. This is an overall cost effective way to enjoy the soothing sounds of flowing water and add aesthetic beauty to your indoor or outdoor environments.
Check out the water features on Amazon a few pictured below
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