Solar Hot Water Booster, Cheap and (mostly) Easy

If you like our blog, please send it to your friends and sign up for new posts!

Cartoon by Pete Pascoe

Hey – Jack here from the DaiaSolGaia community to talk about another of my building projects. I am DaiaSolGaia’s “jack of all trades” (yea, i know …  sorry for the pun …).

I want to tell ya about another of our “experiments” that has become pretty integral in our life out here off-grid and away. I’ll also warn you right off the bat that the water heater that we built is a “below the mason dixon line”  water  heater – that is – the kind of solar hot water booster I’m going to tell you about here is not suitable for areas with extended low temps with accompanying extended lack of sun. That said, there are reasonable options for solar hot water boosting depending on the configuration/orientation of your more northern (or higher altitude) house. The links for the pretty good “How To” books are just below.

Read more on this hot wet topic here 🙂

Advertisements

Cookin’ with the Sun, Solar Box Cookers for Everyday Use

If you like our blog, please send it to your friends and sign up for new posts!

Greetings from Ravi. First off, realistically, I’m blogging this one for the sunnier parts of our lands – solar cooking is a very practical, easy and nutrition-enhancing cooking method but, of course, you need pretty good sunlight. 3 years ago I researched and built and experimental solar cooker based on what I felt was the most practical design I could find – a “box” style cooker, one that was stable, large enough for full meals (and more) and effective as a potentially daily use cooker. more hot food cookin info follows here