Build this solar heated hot water shower for as little as $25 (if you have some spare lumber and items laying around) and save on hot water heat costs! This 20 gallon capacity shower provides enough water for a family of 4-6 to take daily showers and the design is simple. The plastic cover over the top enhances the solar heating, making this a shower that can possibly be used 6 months out of the year in even the colder northern climates. You only need the south side of a garage, house, or shed to mount the frame. The shower fills with an ordinary garden hose.
This shower works great! Tell your friends about this idea - we need to do whatever we can in these times of +4$/gallon oil and gas prices!
Check Out the NEW IMPROVED version of this solar shower!
The $5 Solar Garden Hose Shower I Built!
- Old garden hose
- Hose mender, male end mender, and on/off as shown in Step 1
- (2) 32" 2x4's, (2) 35" 2x4's, (2) 33" 2x4's, (1) 39" 2x6, 39" 2x2 for box and frame shown in Steps 2 and-3
39" by 35" piece of 1/2" plywood or (2) pieces 39" by 17 1/2"
- (1) 39" 2x6 or 2x4 and 30-39" 2x2 for frame support shown in Step 4 and 5
- Small scraps of plywood for diagonal stops (Step 2) and to hold down plastic (Step 10)
- 35" long 3/4" x 1.5" board, 35" 2x2, 35" 2x4 ripped to 2 1/4" for Step 6
- 4" to5 3/4" by 39" scrap of plywood or siding for Step 6
- 5 ft by 5 ft square of relatively clear plastic
- Ordinary black 55 gallon contractors garbage bag
- 8x10 tarp for privacy curtain
- Shower head - hose sprinkler head or watering can spout works well
- 2", 3", and 3 1/2" hex-head deck screws
See Steps 7-11: http://www.savehouseholdenergy.com/solarshower-steps7thru11.html
This new improved solar shower features an exterior of recycled slab wood (scraps from a lumber mill that are normally discarded), a glass top on a weather stripped frame that flips open and seals in heat much better, a door that opens and closes securely, and a light that illuminates the shower after dark. So now I can take a shower in the morning and the water is still luke warm (hot summer weather). Also, now no tools are needed to replace the bags just flip open and secure the top with the rope pulley system. All-in-all these were some nice changes that I think will greatly increase the use-ability. The steps I used to build this shower are given below.