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Outdoor solar shower
Solar thermal collectors

DIY solar hot water shower for the great outdoors

...solar hot water system. Use it to build the outdoor shower of your dreams, to add a sink with warm water to your outhouse, or for both. Check out the step-by-...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...hot water intake through thin copper pipes wrapped around your shower drain, so the water feeding your hot water tank is preheated by the hot water going down t...

The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kic
Plumbing and water heaters

Compost pile hot tub water heater

...solar energy. These are homesteads, farms and schools fit for a challenging future of peak oil, climate change and economic transition." By running water thro...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Hot water

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater that borrows that efficiency and significantly cuts the energy required to meet our domestic hot water needs. ...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...hot water you consume. Keep in mind that the cheapest way to ensuring a solar collector provides a high percentage of your water heating is to reduce demand –...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...water over thermal solar systems, though recent innovations such as Viessman's Vitosol solar thermal water heater has revived that debate. Photovoltaic syst...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...solar thermal collector? A photovoltaic (PV) solar collector converts solar radiation into electricity , but a solar thermal collector is much simpler than th...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...solar in the future. Solar water heating is much less expensive than solar power generation (photovoltaic) . New homes can be made 'solar ready' which is very...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...water heat pump to extract heat from the air where it can be deposited into a domestic hot water tank. From there it can serve domestic hot water needs, or be t...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...hot water. It can easily provide 60% or more of your heating and hot water in the winter and almost all your hot water needs in the summer. With a well-...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

...hotographer Mike Basich built himself an epic Tiny off-grid cabin. Without a bedroom or bathroom per se, but equipped with a hot tub and chairlift, this gorgeou...

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