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Why Choose a Solar Water Pump?

Last Updated Nov 2, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

If you have a water feature of some type in your garden or even a pool, it is likely that you’ll need a water pump.  You could choose a standard electric pump but a solar powered option is a much better choice.  We outline just some of the reasons why in this article. For more info, or to choose a pump that is suitable for your application, simply talk to your nearest water pumps specialist.

What is a Solar Water Pump?

A solar water pump is simply a pump that is powered using solar energy, rather than mains electricity.  It works by using a small solar collector in order to power an electric motor that in turn powers the pump.  Solar water pumps can be very small scale in nature such as being used in a home pond or large enough for agricultural purposes.

Solar Water Pumps are Energy Efficient

The primary reason why people choose solar water pumps is because they are so energy efficient.  After all, once you have bought the solar pump itself, there are no further outlays required. You don’t have to pay for electricity to power your pump, so you can create elaborate, ornate water features or pump your swimming pool without fear of your electricity bill blowing out.  You can also rest peacefully in the knowledge that you are not needlessly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar Water Pumps are Low Maintenance

When you are using water pumps, you want ones that are reliable and that will just keep going.  A solar water pump is ideal for this as the technology used is very simple and low maintenance.  All you’ll have to do is to clean the filter out occasionally if the pump has one.

Solar Water Pumps Give You Flexibility

If you are using a pump for some application in your backyard, you will probably want to automate its operation as much as possible.  Solar water pumps allow you to do this.  You can do things such as pre-set the amount of the time that you want the pump to run for (1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours etc), or allow the pump to run for as long as there is solar energy to be used up.  Some solar water pumps can even remember your preferred running times and turn your pump on at the same time every day!  Of course, just like any other pump, you can adjust the flow of water through it.

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