Solar water heater – Cebu, Philippines

solar water heater

I was in Citihardware today looking for a water filtration system and was a bit surprised to come across the fact they are now stocking solar water heaters. What was the main surprise to this was that a store near SM was asking around P150,000 for a basic system which was way over the top in price. Which is why I started looking at the idea of building my own. This however might have changed completely today after finding this unit as its coming in at P25,000 where the “home project” I was looking at building would be around P15,000 as we have now built a water tower I can see the unit in the photo easily fitting in the tower half way down meaning its got cover from rain which will reduce wear and tear but also won’t take up any extra space. Someone asked me the other day why I would need a solar water heater in the first place but there are several reasons firstly warm showers, being able to wash dishes in hot water but also since some of the solar heaters reach high temperatures it also means that for boiling water for tea,coffee etc. it wont take long to boil which also reduces on gas fuel wastage. All in all I can’t see any reason not to have one and if we decide to get a pool in the future its a sure fired way to keep the chill off the water.

9 comments for “Solar water heater – Cebu, Philippines

  1. Tropicalpenpals
    November 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Its vacuum but only water most in the Philippines are budget if there are many at all. If you talk to people about hot water they will look puzzled at you to why you need one.

  2. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I think this is a great idea. I heard that electricity is getting expensive in the Phil. so I think it is worth it to have one. But the price is a bit steep at p150K. Well, most Pinoys used to cold showers probably won’t care about hot waters. But certainly, it does take the chill of the water, especially if you are fond of evening showers. I’d rather have one, so hope it comes down by the time I’m ready to buy one. 🙂

    • Tropicalpenpals
      November 3, 2010 at 4:43 am

      Hi Christine,
      that was the other one these are P25,000 a huge difference in price.

  3. Terry Jenkinson
    November 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    can you tell me where you saw the solar I need to get one. I was going to build my own but at that price I wik
    ll buy it. hot water heater for P 15000 My e-mail is Thanks TJ

    • Tropicalpenpals
      November 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

      Citi hardware which is in Pardo south of Cebu city.. where are you located?

      • Limeybobby2000
        March 10, 2011 at 1:18 am

        Sorry about the delay in answering I have just found your answer. I am about to move Argao and I am interested in building my own just because I like doing things. I will look at the one’s in Pardo though. However have you any idea where I might get a 40 or 50 gallon used not working electric tank as I could use this for my home grown one. Any help would be appreciated. and answer to my e-mail Please.
        Thanks Terry J.

        • Tropicalpenpals
          March 10, 2011 at 2:11 am

          Hi Terry,
          not sure where to locate a second hand tank. Might be worth getting one welded up but making sure it has a pressure release valve.

  4. russell drinkwater
    February 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

    What is the system made of? We need one over on the beach on negros. Any idea where I can purchase reasonable priced and reasonable quality deep cycle batteries and an 10,000 watt inverter?

  5. Leepaul
    May 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Hi guys,
    I’ve  been  in  solar  industry as  technical and  installer  on  PV  and  thermal.
    Evacuated tube  type low  pressure  while Flat  panel water  with  high  mains  pressure  because tubes tightened only  by  o-ring/gasket and  may  leak if  to  much  pressure  while close  or  open  circuit  are  treaded  adn  welded copper  tubes.Moreover you  must  consider  what  you  are  buying  for like  quality  and durability to  make  your  money  worth….. LPC