In rural India, water
is normally heated on stoves fueled by wood, gas, coal and diesel.
The amount of wood and fossil fuel used is enormous. Earlier,
in all the accomodation facilities of BAPS, water for bathing
and washing was heated by conventional means using wood, gas,
coal and diesel. The Sanstha realizes the urgency of environmental
protection. And that is why it has installed Solar Water Heating
plants at all its major centers in India.
Solar Water Heating
is the use of sunlight to heat water. The system that heats water
for bathing, washing, cooking etc.. is called ‘active heating’.
In active heating, mechanical means are used to store, collect,
and distribute solar energy in buildings in order to provide hot
water or space heating. The system can supply a home with hot
water drawn from the storage tank. The storage tank allows water
heated during sunny periods to be used at night or during cloudy
Today, the Sanstha
has installed the solar water heating systems at its centers at: