10 Solar Heating Projects For Heating Your Home And Water Over Winter
Being able to produce your own FREE heat in the winter can literally save you hundreds of dollars a month. If you are looking to be more self reliant then these 10 awesome projects are definitely for you. How many people can say they produce their own heat and hot water for free. I don’t know anyone who does.
I hope these projects can help you all in some way, shape or form. Remember you can always scale up and down these projects and make them fit your needs. For me, i wouldn’t need a whole lot of hot water so I would use less piping and probably make it half the size.
Window Mounted Solar Hot Air Furnace
I present to you a product aimed at lowering your winter heating bill and carbon footprint by generating heat for free using the power of the sun! As an added bonus, this collector does not require electricity or fans or forced air of any kind. Tutorial here
Hydronic Solar Thermal System for Winter Space Heating
The heart of the system is an array of flat panel solar thermal collectors that heat up water when the sun is shining on them. The heated water is circulated through pex radiant in-floor heating loops underneath my kitchen floor. The result is 3000 to 4500 watts of free heat delivered to the inside of my home during sunny periods. Tutorial here
Very Cheap and Easy Solar Heater
The unit takes one person two days to construct, one day to install, and costs under $100. The temperature inside the unit easily reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit on a 50-degree day, and can be blown into the house using a fan that pulls less electricity than a light bulb. Tutorial here
Solar Window Inserts
Free heat with minimal investment. Having a serious interest in renewable energy, I recently got the urge to try and create a solar insert that would simply slide into my existing window casings to help with the heating. Tutorial here
DIY Solar Window Box
This design uses solar fans to move the heat into the room so it’s totally off grid and will work during a power outage. Because it is attached to the window it can also be closed by shutting the window and keep the heat inside the unit for off grid solar cooking. Tutorial here
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