To those of you in the Northern hemisphere, who are heading into the depths of winter, this post may be a bit offensive. My apologies in advance.
The temperature today in Melbourne, Australia, reached a toasty 29 degrees (celsius) and that signifies the beginning of the season of solar hot water – but solar hot water the simpler way. Yes, ’tis the season for the outside shower!
In these temperatures, there is no need to use electricity or gas to heat your hot water for a shower; nor is there any need to purchase expensive and sophisticated solar hot water systems. All you need is black, watertight bag and a place to hang it, and there you have it – an outside shower that provides hot water. It’s really as simple as that.
And as Leonardo da Vinci once wrote: ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’
Not only does this simple method of solar heating save money on energy bills, it also significantly reduces the amount of water used in washing, both of which are financially and environmentally beneficial. Best of all, perhaps, is the experience.
This is one of the many luxuries of the simple life.