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txlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-10 10:45 AM
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Passive solar DIY
Here's a pretty inexpensive way to add solar heating if your garage faces south. Costs $400...

This inexpensive and easy-to-build project converts a garage
that has a south-facing overhead door into a solar-heated
and lighted workshop, studio, playroom, sun space, or
greenhouse, using readily available materials and hardware.
If youre handy with a few power tools, youre good to go,
with one caveatif your garage door doesnt face south,
this project wont work for you.

Here is the site link: http://homepower.com/article/?file=HP117_pg26_Reysa
the article itself is PDF and is at: http://homepower.com/view/?file=HP117_pg26_Reysa

Includes pictures and it looks pretty darn good if you ask me.

BTW, this is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts on passive solar. It goes under the heading of "why in the heck AREN'T we doing this?!?" in my view...
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-10 12:02 PM
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1. especially here in South Texas
Every summer, I wonder why the hell we're letting so much energy go to waste.

dg
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txlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-10 01:48 PM
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2. The article was about passive solar heat in the winter
I thought the info from the article would really help in winter.

Your garage door needs to be facing pretty much to the south, though, or it won't help. I planned to do a little more research and post info that might help the rest of us (my garage faces West).
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 12:02 PM
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3. yes, it could
but what I'm harping about is the fact that Texas has not done anything towards getting more to use solar energy, hence all that sun power that we get in the summer is wasted.

Passive/active/whatever---Texas *should* be leading the nation in the use of solar power. :)

dg
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txlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 06:43 PM
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4. I misunderstood your meaning
Sorry.

Texas is among the leaders in wind power generation and we should also be one of the leaders in the nation for solar power as well. That should be a no-brainer, as far as I can see.

I'd like to see more subsidies for residential solar and I wish they'd change the feed in tariff to make it actually worth a darn here.
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