One of the best conveniences of modern life is the fact that if you want warm water, all you have to do is open a tap. Our homes have this convenience because of devices that have been developed to heat up water for you and you can simply have it from a tap. In earlier times people had to heat up water over a stove or a fire and this was a very laborious activity. Being able to take a warm shower or a warm bath is a relaxing thing and makes our live much easier.
The heating of water actually uses a lot of energy. Most water heaters are geysers that work with electricity. The amount of electricity that is needed to heat up all the water in the geyser is actually quite a lot. This means that the electricity bill is increased because of the water being heated by the geyser. In addition to this the high use of electricity is not good for the environment. The production of electricity increases the amount of carbon emissions and this is not good for the environment.
So, with the above in mind, you can already see the benefits of using solar heating as compared to electric powered solar heaters. First of all you will save a lot of money on electricity. This is always a desirable thing because a reduction in any bills means you have more money to put towards the things you love.
Another benefit of solar water heating is that any home can have a solar panel installed. All you need is sufficient access to the sun and you will be able to set up a solar panel. Those in Africa will not have this problem and so there is not excuse not to have one installed.
Solar panels are not cheap, but they will save you a lot of money in the long run. They are becoming more available which means the price will come down soon though. You should consider investing in a solar water heating system because the benefits outweigh the disadvantages by far.