When building your backyard pond, consider going solar! The benefits of solar powered ponds or really - anything includes protecting against (even more than pond predators) rising energy costs.
Furthermore, if you're a business or homeowner like many of us, then fluctuating cash flow is always a problem.
When you go solar for your pond, you'll help your future self by managing the expenses that lie over the horizon. The application of solar aeration alone for a pond collection is energy green.
As you go through the different sections, we picked the most frequently asked questions and featured them. We figured it would be best to answer any common questions you might have as we went along!
1. Pond Pump
4. Solar Heater
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Here are a few questions everyone has in regards to pond pumps when starting out with their solar pond journey:
The answer, in short, is Yes. The benefits include: No monthly running costs, with zero need for wiring and thereby, electricity. Also, they are ideal for smaller fountains, environmentally friendly, quietly run and small or discreet.
Basically, these water pumps are designed to be placed on your pond's lowest level or the floor. The fountain attachment hangs above the surface of the pond.
From there, solar panels connect to the pump and power the fountain using solar power, or obviously, sunlight.
If the question is "does solar aeration work well", then in short, Yes, but it depends. For small ponds (let's say roughly 8' by 5'), you can use the solar aeration systems as an auxiliary to the waterfall pump
Most commonly reported, these solar pond aerators are not effective in big ponds.
Solar pond aerator fountains are fantastic for many reasons. Namely, they provide oxygenation (solar aeration) to your small-medium sized ponds AND circulate water through.
With this particular subsection of pond fountains, often times the 'knee-jerk' reaction to solar power is "Do Solar Fountains Really Work?"
Consider this: Solar aeration systems and panels in a multitude of solar garden fountains will not store sunlight as a form of solar energy.
This means that the pond fountains cease to work at nightfall and not at all during the evening.
As we've mentioned before though, don't let that fact deter you. Advantages of these types of ponds fountains are:
Solar ponds and their heating systems are highly advantageous to have in your backyard. These products have distinct leg up on other heaters as we are dealing with sunlight and solar energy.
These pond heaters are great to have on-board for many reasons.
For starters, these heaters simple to set up and get working for you. Also, there is a lack of need for wiring or fumbling around with electricity.
Which brings us to our next point: there won't be a need to pay handsomely for electricity to keep them operational.
You're partaking in an environmentally friendly venture, which is always a plus.
In general, with pond heaters there are two main types: submerged and exposed, or floating.
Your floating pond heater by default, consumes less energy. It's easily placed on top of ice to melt an entry hole, allowing for gases to escape.
Submerged pond heaters are great for larger areas but not relevant to this discussion.
The use of solar lights for ponds whether their LED or not, is recommended for those who want a pond light that lasts. Specifically longer lasting in the evening.
The best and most cutting-edge solar pond lighting system offers multiple lighting options.
We hear "What are the Pros of Solar Pond Lights?"
The answer is simple. Most owners of solar pond lights usually only have good things to say about them because of their affordability, quick and easy install, and solid battery operating time.
Solar pond lights have an array of applications that includes light up entire lawn features, brightening fountains as well as ponds, and overall create an oasis.
So, there you have it. The complete list of solar pond items and mechanics.
If you're still on the fence, consider the cost saving and wide range of applications if you live in the sunnier parts of the world!