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Do-it-Yourself Solar Heating Panels By Anna Williams

Making DIY solar heating panels can be relatively easy, as long as you prepare the materials you need for the project. A person with average handyman skills can easily complete the tast. Special tools are not required. All you need, in terms of equipment, are: * a wood saw * a hacksaw * a drill * a screwdriver * a hammer * screws * nails * a file * a paintbrush * a tape measure Materials you need to procure include the following: * a 10mm annealed copper tube * a 16swg aluminum sheet

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* glass fiber wool * a marine-ply sheet * 4mm glass * timber for the frame The copper tubes will be used to bring the water through the collector area. Copper has high thermal conductivity which makes it perfect for the job. It's available in most plumbers' shops, and comes in 20m, 25m, and 30m coils. Once you've assembled the copper tubing, you'll attach it to the blackened absorber plate. It will collect the heat of the sun and transfer it to the copper tubing. It is recommended to use aluminum as an absorber plate because it is cheaper than copper sheets and it is more readily available in most locations. The absorber plate will be encased inside a wooden frame. It is made out of hardwood with a marine-ply backing sheet. If you want the frame to last longer, have a preservative coating applied to it. This will add a couple of years of service. The last part of the DIY solar heating panel is the transparent cover. This will prevent heat loss especially during cool weather. Glass is preferred because of its high light transmission value. If you can't afford a float glass, acrylic sheeting should be a suitable substitute. The bad side of using acrylic sheeting is that it is prone to scratching and discoloration. The efficiency of DIY solar heating panels might not be as good as the efficiency of commercially available ones, but they can get good results. And imagine of the savings you can get when you make one. A DIY solar heating panel costs a third the price of a commercial one. Not only that but you'll be cutting down your energy bill as well if you use it. If constructed right, the panel has a life expectancy of twenty years. There are no moving parts involved, and no maintenance should be required the panel. Constructing DIY solar heating panels is not complicated and is one of the easier DIY solar power projects. This is one project that you should definitely try if you are interested in setting up DIY solar power equipment or systems. You can use the panel to heat your pool, or to supply your home with hot water.

Anna is a webmaster and a writer who educates others on the benefits of nontoxic lifestyles, solar power, and other forms of clean energy.  To obtain step-by-step guidance on DIY Solar Power installations, and for more information on how to set up and use solar power in your home, please visit  her blog, at

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Resourceful Solar Heating Tips By Stephen Doyle

Solar heating is not a new idea; in fact, harnessing the sun’s energy has been around hundreds of years. However, it is only recently that technology has simplified capturing and using this energy for solar heating and power. Homeowners can now find roof tiles, water heaters and other appliances that are solar energy powered. These all work together to make the home more cost efficient in terms of energy consumption and at the save time help save natural resources. Options Solar heating of the home can be accomplished uses solar panels or tiles placed on the roof. Nearly all homes can make use of this process; however, in homes where the majority of the roof is towards the south, more solar power is absorbed. This is due to southern exposure having more sunlight during all seasons for the longest periods of time. There are also solar heating devices that can be used to heat the water for the home. Solar heating of the home through solar energy absorbed by the roof can be done using various roof top solar tiles or panels. These absorb solar energy during daylight hours and transform it into power for the home. If there is excess power created, the homeowner may be able to sell it to the local power company; conversely, if there is not enough solar energy absorbed, the homeowner may need to pull from the power company. Heating Water for the Home There are two different types of devices: passive and active. The passive devices do not have circulating pumps and controls to move the water around and heat it from the sun. The active solar heating systems for water have these devices and are a more successful heating application in most cases. Solar water heating devices should be insulated to prevent heat loss. Solar heating applications for water heaters come in one of two tank types. One contains a backup system within the solar storage. The second type moves the heated water into a storage area to save energy while keeping the water heated. Other Home Uses for Solar Power Of course, a solar powered system can be used for much more than just heating your home. You can have small single solar panel, right through to solar panels that cover the entire roof of your home. So what can these different sized panels be used for? A small solar panel could be used to power lights in your garden, power your garden shed, or be used to power individual electrical devices in or around your home.

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A full roof of solar panels can be used to power just about anything in your home, plus you have the possibly to either store any surplus power into large batteries, or even sell the power back to your power company. DIY Solar Heating You can actually build a homemade power system that can heat your home and/or water for very little cost. In fact a DIY solar powered system can be build for under $200. To find out where to build a DIY solar heating system I suggest the following guides: You can also read a full review of my favorite guide:

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