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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-...

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 ...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...solar thermal heat collection. Read more here. Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar th...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...solar , which is about home orientation and window design to passively heat your home, or active solar which involves mechanical solar panel systems. Solar...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...thermal solar panels. MIT Solar House thermal battery via Wikimedia Phase-change thermal batteries: Taking advantage of a 'phase change' ra...

Passive solar home design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...solar refers to any system of solar panels whether it be photovoltaic power generation, or thermal solar where liquid passing through tubes collects heat to be ...

Ssolar air heater
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...thermal mass included for heat storage, you will likely need an additional heat source. Storing solar heat (thermal batteries): If you incorporate the...

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

Hydronic heating

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

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

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

...thermal solar panels: It may seem counterintuitive at first, but there is strong case supporting the use of PV panels for heating water over thermal solar ...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...solar-heated air into the thermal battery which is the concrete slab floor. Solar air-heated radiant floor slab on grade forming kit © Ecohome S...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...thermal performance of wall assemblies and insulation products has long been characterized using R-value, a metric which describes thermal resistance. While R-v...

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