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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-05 12:15 PM
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Michigan: cheap solar space heaters (local small scale production.)
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It's not quite the <$20/unit that would be possible with mass production and a simple styrofoam/hardened polycarbon design, but it is good to see someone who isn't gouging for a change. Also a nice mom and pop story and good to see Michigan manufacturing something new.

It's an idea he has been kicking around for 30 years, said Sanborn, who runs a recycling business, Material Management, from an old factory building where renovations are being interwoven with solar-powered designs.

While the panel is exposed to the sun, the temperature of the air entering it can be raised 30 degrees before it flows back out into the room, Sanborn said.

The amount of heat it will generate will depend on factors that include how well the panel is exposed to sunlight, he noted. The price of the solar space heaters begins at less than $80 for the smaller models.

Production started last week at Earth Energy Options in Union City, Sanborn said, to fill orders being taken through Sanborn's Material Management retail store on Mechanic Street and through the manufacturer.

...unfortunately no online website for either business, that I can find.

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  -Michigan: cheap solar space heaters (local small scale production.) skids  Sep-19-05 12:15 PM   #0 
  - I want some!  wryter2000   Sep-19-05 12:17 PM   #1 
  - Leaves me with questions:  Team44Car   Sep-19-05 12:19 PM   #2 
  - They don't show the top in the photo.  skids   Sep-19-05 12:39 PM   #9 
  - Plain old window works too  formercia   Sep-19-05 12:49 PM   #15 
  - Prior units are installed below the window.  skids   Sep-19-05 12:52 PM   #16 
  - I want some  Team44Car   Sep-19-05 01:10 PM   #18 
  - It looks like an adaptation of this design:  BR_Parkway   Sep-19-05 12:44 PM   #13 
  - phone number below  niyad   Sep-19-05 12:22 PM   #3 
  - LOL  wryter2000   Sep-19-05 12:31 PM   #4 
     - did he tell you anything else  mzteris   Sep-19-05 12:37 PM   #8 
        - I didn't get too much information  wryter2000   Sep-19-05 12:40 PM   #10 
        - Well I can answer two of those.  skids   Sep-19-05 12:44 PM   #12 
  - DETROIT FREE PRESS  mzteris   Sep-19-05 12:31 PM   #5 
  - Yeah, every time I gotta type that address  louis-t   Sep-19-05 12:43 PM   #11 
  - Even if this got 10% more heat into a house these  Botany   Sep-19-05 12:35 PM   #6 
  - Nominated  wryter2000   Sep-19-05 12:37 PM   #7 
  - Hey thanks...  skids   Sep-19-05 12:44 PM   #14 
  - make your own, courtesy of Mother  dweller   Sep-19-05 12:56 PM   #17 
  - Thanks  wryter2000   Sep-19-05 01:48 PM   #19 
  - then, in that case, whatever you do  dweller   Sep-19-05 08:01 PM   #20 
     - Okay, guys, what is "fubar?"  jeanarrett   Sep-21-05 11:35 AM   #21 
        - "fucked up beyond all recognition"  phantom power   Sep-21-05 11:38 AM   #22 
        - I like your FUBAR acronym more than the original! n/t  brystheguy   Sep-23-05 10:39 PM   #23 
  - For those with a little mechanical ability and time; these are a good idea  philb   Oct-23-05 09:46 PM   #29 
  - thanks for the links, dweller!  NJCher   Oct-22-05 09:56 PM   #24 
  - Was born and spent my first 22 years in Michigan.  amandabeech   Oct-23-05 03:31 AM   #25 
  - Depends on what's worthwhile.  skids   Oct-23-05 10:01 AM   #26 
     - Thanks for the explanation.  amandabeech   Oct-23-05 02:32 PM   #27 
  - another simple solar heating system that would be cost effective  philb   Oct-23-05 09:42 PM   #28 
  - For those with swimming pools; passive solar is most cost effective way  philb   Oct-23-05 09:51 PM   #30 
  - Another passive solar heating system that works for some situations  philb   Oct-23-05 10:06 PM   #31 

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