Solar Water Fountains, A No Operating Cost Solution to Outdoor Water Works
29 Aug 2007
Check out my solar fountain at the bottom of this page.
Imagine having your own beautiful, continuously flowing water fountain outside your home in a bright sunny location among your prize flowers. Or perhaps on your patio, deck or balcony.
Solar water fountains are becoming increasingly more popular due to the fact that they not only make an attractive addition to your landscape, but after you make your initial purchase, they cost you nothing to operate. They come with a solar panel that converts solar energy from the sun into electrical current that powers a solar water pump, which in turn cycles the water continuosly thru the solar fountain.
Some water fountains, by design have solar panels that are integrated into the fountain, while other solar powered fountains have panels that are detached and can be placed up to 15 feet away from the solar fountain. This gives you the capability of positioning the solar panel where it gets the most benefit from the sun.
The Sun is what powers these solar power fountains. Your fountain, or should I say more specifically, your solar panel must be in direct sunlight in order to operate at peak efficiency. Any reputable company that markets solar fountains will tell you this. Your solar water fountain will not operate on cloudy days or in a shady spot of your yard. So think about a sunny location for your solar fountain while making your decision on what style to purchase.
After deciding which solar powered fountain you're going to buy, you'll come to realize that you have a wide assortment of styles to choose from. Two of the more popular types are the bird bath style solar fountain and the cascading bowl type solar fountain. These solar enrgy fountains are offered in a variety of materials like ceramic, resin and copper to name a few.
I personally have a ceramic cascading solar water fountain that I keep on the front porch of my office. I kind of pushed the envelope a little bit with the placement of my detached solar panel. My office's front porch faces west. So when the sun comes up in the east, the front porch does't get sunlight until it's about 1pm in the evening.(eastern standard time) So what I did was place the solar panel on the roof of the porch where it can get sunlight from about 9am in the morning until I leave at 5:30pm. Now I'm not recommending that you do this. That's just what I did to get my solar fountain to operate more hours of the day.
As mentioned earlier, it's good to have a sunny location picked out for your new solar fountain so all you have to do when it arrives is take it out of the box, assemble it,(not much to it) and place it where the sun shines most of the day.
Click here to read about my actual purchasing experience.
You will enjoy your solar fountain for years to come.