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How Do Solar Powered Fountains Work

By Evan Nasseri Subscribe to RSS | June 8th 2012 | Views:
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We are living in a day and age where people are looking to conserve energy and all the resources that are used to generate electricity. More and more we are looking to our natural resources for generating electricity. We have gotten accustomed to labeling this as “green energy.” There are more wind farms being built each day and whole houses are being run on solar energy.

Many varied apparatuses can now be powered by the sun. Solar powered fountains have hit a new high as far as popularity is concerned. Solar fountains are very easy to operate. Basically, order a solar water fountain, unpack it when it arrives, assemble per the manufacturer’s instruction, add water, place the solar panel in direct sunlight for up to three days and turn it on. Most solar panels come with an extra long cord, making it easy to place the panel out of sight of the fountain yet in direct sunlight to capture the sun’s rays. That all seems very simple, but have you ever wondered how these solar garden fountains work. Hopefully this will help explain how the sun’s energy turns this water fountain into a wonderful water feature.

The solar panels that catch the sun’s rays are made are made of photovoltaic cells that are made to collect and store the sun’s energy. The cells are constructed of silicon and are very superficial. Most solar fountains do not store energy to run the fountains during the hours of darkness. The reason these fountains do not work at night is because the requirements to run the fountain are quite high.

However, there are some newer solar on demand fountains on the market today that stores the sun’s energy and will run the solar fountain pump. Some of the energy on demand solar water fountains includeslights for an even greater mesmerizing display during the hours of dusk or darkness. The solar on demand fountains allow you to be in charge when you would like to sit back and enjoy the sight and sounds of falling water. With the on/off switch, you can turn the water off the fountain when you are not at home to enjoy the fountain, but turn it on once you have returned home. The batteries in most solar on demand fountains will store energy for up to six hours of use once they are fully charged.

There are many different types of solar fountains to enjoy and adorn your landscape. Some of the more common are solar bird bath fountains. Selecting a solar bird bath water fountain is probably a wiser decision than picking an electric one, since there are a few more determining factors for proper placement for a bird bath fountain other than being limited to the location of the electrical outlets. Placing a bird bath fountain near trees is not the best placement because of the additional debris from the trees plugging the pump and cats liking to climb the trees and prey on the birds at the bird bath. There are also solar garden fountains from some small ceramic solar fountains to some larger tier fountains. The new “kids on the block” are solar wall fountains. If you have an outside garden wall, now you have the opportunity to save energy and add the peaceful falling water sounds of a solar wall fountain.

Now that you have a little clearer understanding of how a solar powered fountain works, you no longer have to fear anything from the unknown. After purchasing a solar water fountain, you will find set up is a snap, so sit back, relax and enjoy.

Evan Nasseri - About Author:
Nancy Clark is the President of Fountains Everywhere, a customer oriented supplier of solar fountains, lighted fountains, indoor fountains, garden fountains, bird bath fountains, and tabletop fountains. More detailed information can be obtained at Fountains Everywhere.

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