Solar powered water fountains are an elegant and eco-friendly way to brighten your property and create a sense of calm and well-being. There are fountains available to suit any taste, and the fact that they are powered by sunlight means they don’t require a technical and costly set up. There are no wires to run, no electrician to pay and since they typically run on low voltage, no concern that children or pets will be injured by damaged power cords.
Solar powered fountains convert sunlight into energy using photovoltaic cells. These PV cells can be mounted on a wall or a stake in your yard, or you can choose a model that has the cells built into the design of the fountain.
Cheap and Convenient
The fountains are very cheap and convenient to run. They don’t require a lot of maintenance, cost you nothing on your electricity bill and if you choose a model that comes with built–in PV cells, don’t have to be adjacent to an electrical panel, you can place them anywhere in your yard. This added mobility is one of the main advantages of going solar.
Their only drawback is that since they rely on sunlight for energy, they don’t work at night and the power supply can be compromised on overcast days. Some solar powered fountains come with a A/C adapter which allows you to use them indoors on days with little sun or during cold winter days where below freezing temperatures can damage the PV cells. The fountains can actually serve as a humidifier when used indoors.
There is a tremendous diversity of models you can choose, from small ponds, cascades, waterfalls, bird baths and many others. Many models are relatively inexpensive and can greatly enhance the atmosphere in your yard.
Solar powered fountains typically require very little maintenance. Your fountain should be cleaned on a regular basis with a little soap and water and a damp cloth. Avoid using harsh solvents or cleaning products, these aren’t necessary and can damage the finish of your fountain. The fountain should be stored indoors during the winter months, the combination of water and freezing temperatures can cause it to crack.
The biggest issue is usually making sure that the solar panel itself receives as much sunlight as possible. Make sure it is kept clean and place it in an area of your yard that will receive as much sun as possible throughout the day.
All in all, solar powered water fountains make a cheap, convenient, low maintenance and stylish addition to your property.