DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home

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Creative Publishing international, Oct 1, 2011 - House & Home - 160 pages
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Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers, several of which will be hitting the market for the first time in 2011. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar powered lights, photovoltaic shingles that provide supplementary electricity, solar heat pumps, and solar panel kits that generate primary home electrical service. Among the step-by-step projects is a solar water heating system you can build and install yourself for under $1000; simple thermosyphon solar heat collectors for barns and outbuildings; or "heat grabbers" that you can fabricate for $50 in materials and position below a south-facing window to provide auxiliary winter heat.
 

 

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Contents

Introduction
5
A Look Into the Future
7
SOLAR ELECTRICITY
15
SOLAR HEAT
69
Resource Guide
152
Credits
153
Conversions
156
Index
158
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Eric Smith has worked for many years as a carpenter, DIY coach, and Home Improvement editor. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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