Solar water fountains have many advantages: they are virtually free to run, require little maintenance and above all don’t need you to place cables on your backyard to get to the power supply. However, if you already own a garden water fountain you may be hesitant about replacing it with a solar model. Worry not, with an electric solar pump and panel you can transform your outdoor electric water fountain into a solar one.
Solar water pumps are a cheap way of modernising your water fountains, and are mostly used for outdoors through nothing stops you from using one to update an indoors water fountain, provided the solar panel can be placed on direct sunlight. You will need to choose a pump of a similar size and power as the one that currently powers your water fountain, but you can find some for less than $20. Make sure that the mechanism on your old water fountain is accessible and can be replaced, as in some cases it’s attached to the shell and can’t be removed without harming the structure.
Besides the differences in size and power, there is another thing you need to consider when purchasing a solar water pump and panel set: whether it has a battery to store energy or not. If you don’t mind your fountain stopping when direct sunlight is not available you can buy a solar pump without energy storage, but if you want your fountain to keep running at night or on overcast days you may need to spend a bit more money and get one that has a power reserve. If you are buying the solar panel and the pump separately make sure that the panel can provide the pump with enough energy, or your fountain may look less like a fountain and more like a slightly agitated pond.
Almost any water fountain can be fitted with a solar panel and fountain pump, and this will give you the freedom of being able to place your fountain anywhere in your garden instead of right next to the power cord. Solar fountains are also safer, as you don’t have cables that could trip you over, and the risk of electrocution is minimal. Besides, you’ll be happier relaxing next to your brand new solar fountain when you know that there won’t be any electricity bills to pay for the pleasure of listening to flowing water on your backyard. So what are you waiting for? Transform your electric water fountain into a solar one using a solar pump and you won’t regret the change.
Category: Fountain Maintenance