Archived New Content

 

These are links to items that appeared in the "New Content" area on the home page in the past.

 

- Version 2 of the Off-The-Shelf DIY solar water heating system for about $1000....

- A solar water heating kit system from AmericanSolarTechnics designed for DIY installation...

- Two easy to build Rocket Stoves from RootSimple...

Web Walk  - October 3, 2012

- Using a Prius as a generator during power outages...

- A good manual on installing solar pool heating collectors...

- Very nicely done, high R value thermal shutters from Astrofoil...

 

- Very nicely done, high R value thermal shutters from Astrofoil...

Web Walk  - September 21, 2012

 

Web Walk  - September 18, 2012

 

 

- A nicely done $1K style solar water heating system in PA that uses a copper coil heat exchanger...

- Very nice geodesic dome greenhouse with good construction detail...

Web Walk  - September 12, 2012

 

- Stagnation temperature test on our vertical, double glazed water heating collector...

- Eliodomestico is a new design for a domestic use solar still -- said to produce 5 liters of clean water per day...

 

- This project provides evaporative cooling to the condenser  coil of a conventional AC unit.  Cooler air increases capacity and efficiency of the AC unit...

 

 

- A nice 1600 gallon rain water harvest system with quite a bit of detail...

Web Walk - September 9, 2012

 

Early 2013

- A book on designing and building Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) with some DIY information...

 

- Using trees killed by the mountain Pine bettle to build homes and make beautiful and unique furniture...

 

- DIY solar water heater for seven unit apartment building...

 

 

- A neat little DIY evaporative cooler that can be solar powered -- great for emergency cooling in power outages, camping etc.

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- Emergency cooling for power outages.  Covers some cooling methods that provide some cooling without utility power...

 

- Off The Shelf Solar Water Heating . A cheap and easy DIY solar water heating that promises to be reliable and perform well...

 

 

August 2012

- Pipe coil solar pool heater for in-ground pool...  

- Solar space and water heating system... 

- Cutting electricity use dramatically -- tools... 

- The Northwestern Tiny House -- amazing!...  

 

July 2012

- C- LAM - affordable house that meets PHI .. 

- Near Zero Energy Solar Upgrade of a NM Home..

- Update on our rain water collection system...

- New Solargraphy pictures from Kevin... 

 

June 2012

Solar heated air floor distribution systems...

Added several entries to the windmill water pumping page... 

May 2012

New section on using PV for shading...

Solar collector size to heat a hot tub...

Solar shade canopy made from PV modules... 

A good book on building Natural Swimming Pools ..

Active cooling of water barrel mass with night air...

PV charged Chevy Volt story... 

Added logged attic temps for 2011-2012...

A large solar pool heating system...

Sandbed heat storage -- a MN example...

Climate Crisis -- good book on climate change...  

Measured performance of 3 modern Ground Source Heat Pumps installs...

New test on the big coil of PEX heat exchanger for solar DHW systems...

Brian expands the myDTC controller line...

Simple solar bird bath heater...

 

Toyota hybrid concept car -- 112 mpg...

 

A good talk on Climate Change by Jim Hansen... 

 

Solargraphy -- combining pinhole photography with solar paths -- great school project...

Doug's new 4.6 KW grid-tied PV array -- good innovations...

 

Under the radar grid-tie PV... 

 

Added to section on distributing heat for solar systems...
 

Combination root cellar and storm shelter...

 

A really simple and effective way to heat greenhouse soil and maybe homes?...

 

George's flat plates vs parabolics tests... 

 

Solar Water Heating System Kits...

 

Global warming potential of various insulating materials - surprising! ... 

Added import differential controller...

 

New video on our thermosyphon shop heating collector... 

 

A nicely done screen absorber solar space heating collector...

 

The Deep Mesh solar air collector design...

 

Heating water with a solar air heating collector...

 

Wet spray cellulose insulation... 

 

Need help with sun simulator desing -- got ideas?.,..

 

RootSimple -- good DIY gardening etc. site...

 

An easy/good DIY LED can light retrofit... 

 

Extensive R Values table...

Using stored solar heat to cook after sunset...

MAJOR updates on our thermosyphon solar shop heating collector...

Unique new heliostat design...


Restoring an Elec-Trak tractor and integrating it with our grid-tied PV system...

 

A simple wave power system...


Air flow distribution in horizontal solar air heating collectors...

An aerial photo based solar survey service... 

 

Update on Richard's MTD collectors after 4 years...

 

Randy's solar garden helper machine -- a self propelled planting, weeding, and picking machine...

 

Handling drain back solar water heating systems that have dips in the plumbing...

 

New collector fin making tool from David...  

 

GreenstarBlox -- a new high R value wall building material...

 

Testing a conductive silicone in the fin to tube joint on solar collectors...

 

Boat In A Hole -- Saga of a Root Cellar...

 

More on personal space heating to increase comfort and lower heating bills... 

 

The 2012 Fuel Economy Guide is out...

 

Update on Chad's large solar heating system...

 

Twinwall glazing vs single glazing for solar collectors -- a test...

 

Flow of River hydro projects and design information...

 

Bottom-Up Insulating Shades for Light and Insulation -- Our R8.3 Window ..

One year update on Sandy's $1K solar water heating system...

 

Mike's 360sf solar air heating collector -- 25 years of trouble free service...

 

Update on our PV system after two full years...  

 

How Much Money Do You Save Installing Your Own PV System? ...

 

Pop Can solar water heating collector? ...

 

Rob's solar space and water heating system using a Hizer collector...

 

A small, portable PV system for camping or learning... 

 

$1K solar water heater PLUS Arduino based differential controller...

 

Recycled bulk milk tanks for solar heat storage...

 

Two good new student wind projects ...

 

A very nice small solar greenhouse on a budget...

 

A large, closed loop $1K style Solar Water Heating system... 

 

DIY corn cleaner for corn burning stoves...

 

PV systems intended for homeowner installation... 

 

An innovative commercial solar water heating system...

 

The Solar Decathlon is Starting... 

A REALLY SIMPLE pool heating idea..

Simple Solar Irradiance Calculator...

 

Soda pop bottle Solar Light...

 

Nice rain barrel rain collection kit... 

 

An interesting roof integrated solar water heating collector...

Effect of solar system on home sale prices...  

 

Doug reports on rebuilding a 31 year old copper/aluminum collector... 

 

Report on Taco variable flow pump with differential controller...

 

Added some new entries to the "All-Around Solar References" page...

 

Sleeping cool with minimal energy use...

 

NOAA Solar Calculator... 

Update on Lonnie's thermosyphon solar hot water system...

 

A unique use for an unused swimming pool...

 

A large thermosyphon solar water heating system for a hospital in Pakistan -- fascinating story...

 

A unique DIY large solar water heating system using horizontal "risers"... 

Large DIY pipe coil pool heating collector... 

A new section on energy efficint clothes drying...

 

 

Randy's amazing solar clothes dryer conversion...

 

 

Eric's $1K solar water and space heating system...

 

A solar pop-can space heating collector...

 

Added to Elec-Trak electric/solar tractor section...

 

Insulating paint...

 

Solar powered rain water collection/distribution system...

 

Further small update on the $2K vertical collector...

 

Our new DIY 2500 gallon rain water harvest system...

 

Randy's invisible solar attic space heating collector...

 

Walk behind electric tractor plans...

 

Cristian adds a greenhouse to his earth sheltered home...

 

Tropical home designs with natural AC...

 

Logged attic temperatures for VA home...

A very good, new "Half" program and blog...

 

Tim's simple scheme to use attic heat for space heating AND more attic solar schemes...

 

Natural swimming Pools -- new set of pictures...

 

Roundup of efficient cars from Solar Today...

 

Solar box oven how to and kits site...

 

An alert for people building the $2K space + water heating system...

 

Three solar food dehydrators...

 

 

Small panel test -- conductive silicone vs regular silicone in tube to fin joint for solar water heating collector...

 

Our PV system is cover story in new issue of Mother Earth News...

 

Our winter long study of heating performance for several DIY solar air heating collector designs...

 

Detailed owner built strawbale home blog...

 

Added a few entries to the wind page...

 

Testing an inexpensive, kit pyranometer...

 

Kevin's new 3.8KW micro inverter based PV system...

 

The big summer Energy Fairs are coming ...

 

My new thermal imaging camera - tests, impressions, lessons learned...

 

Detailed pictures of PV array at Craters of the Moon National Monument...

 

A hands on series of articles on LED lights...

 

Experiment to measure heat transfer efficiency of solar air heating downspout collectors...

 

Effect of power line wire shadows on PV array power output...

 

Nice simple, efficient hand washing laundry setup...

 

New electric car section at FuelEconomy.gov... 

 

- A unique, affordable strawbale home with many sustainable living features...

 

- New weather site gives very clear weather history graphs ...

 

 

- Solar "John" in Wyoming with Automatic Solar Shutters ...

 

- Solar heated stock tanks -- a way to keep the drinking opening from freezing...

 

 

- Transportation that works in disasters...

 

- Retrofitting a catalytic combustor and secondary combustion to an '80's wood burner... 

 

 

- Our new $2K solar space + water heating system with a hundred pages on how to design and build it...
 

- More tests on window screen as collector absorber...

 

The VW XL1 concept car -- wow!...

 

Protecting pumps from freezing...

 

A $25 large air heating solar collector...

 

Ken's DIY Solar Air Heating Collector -- Aluminum Soffit Absorber...

 

A very nice $1K solar water heating system with excess capacity...

 

 

Software to size Ground Source Heat Pump ground loops...

 

 

Some thoughts on sand bed heat storage for homes...

 

Isabella Eco Home ...

 

Energy overhaul at the Kootenai River Campground...

 

Some updates to the Earthship page...

 

Ron's small, inexpensive standalone PV system...

 

Two combined PV and heat commercial systems ...

 

A really nice Super Insulated Stock Tank ...

 

Building a warped mirror parabolic trough solar collector...

 

Concentrating solar collector efficiency...

 

Update on El Paso Solar Association's Solar Still project...

 

Adventures in measuring airflow for a solar collector...

 

Effect of light snow cover on PV panel output...

 

A unique off-grid home in Oregon...

 

A paint on waterproof liner for solar heat storage tanks...
 

Major update on Tom's wind turbine project...

 

Terry's suitcase solar electric scooter...

 

Update on dual-flush toilets project -- great price...

 

A one year report on our micro-inverter PV system...

 

Test on a collector that uses horizontal "risers"...

 

Logged performance for Neil's UK$1K solar water heating system...

 

Shipping container based solar space heating system...

 

A nicely done built in hydronic wall radiator...

 

Great DIY Solar Websites -- Kris's Solar Projects...

 

Great DIY Solar Websites -- JC-SolarHones...

 

Added Solar Panel Talk to list of recommended discussion forums...

 

Starting new section on Great DIY Solar Websites by individuals...

 

Plans for large evap cooler for greenhouse...

 

Saying goodbye to the Jelly Bean Car...

Low air infiltration pet door ...

 

Solar collector absorber paint test...

 

CO2 emissions associated with production of many common materials and products...

 

Sandy's $1K solar water heating system on Prince Edward Island...

 

Philip's Fiji Island thermosyphon solar water heater...


Thom's 200 sqft solar space heating system...

 

Renewable energy advice from Tom Gocze...

 

Greg's very nice soda pop-can solar air heating collector... -->

 

A very nice and large pipe DIY pool heating collector...

 

First full scale test of our evapro/radiation house cooling system...


PV system wire sizing refs...

 

Thoughts on life cycle costs of efficient vs not efficient cars...

Our Prius goes over 100K miles -- $10K in savings!...

 

DIY PV Array Mount Systems...

 

 

Rocket Stove Mass Heaters...

 

How to determine collector flow rate...

Variation in riser flow for wide solar collectors...

 

Ken's most excellent solar clothes drying rack...

 

Paul's "$1K" Solar Water Heating System -- some unique design wrinkles...

 

2010 update on Don's solar powered electric scooter...

 

A simple, cheap, and efficient DIY solar pool heater with PV powered pump...

 

Cheap approach to Whole House Fan...

 

4-H National Youth Science Day experiment kits for 4-H kids...

 

Full plans for the MA Zero Energy Challenge winning home...

 

A commercial radiant wall solution...

Straw Bale construction DVD review...

 

Today's Plans -- energy efficient house plans...

 

Update on the Half Plan for 2009 - 2010...
 

 

Lee adds self-propulsion to his solar electric lawn mower...

 

A compact commercial grey water recycling system...

 

Full wall shading structure on French Passive House ...
 

Nice micro-hydro calculator...

Clay tile roof cooling in the Central Valley...

 

A little micro-hydro project...
and a big micro-hydro project...

 

Surya - concentrating inflatable tracking PV or thermal collector...

 

 

 

Edison X-prize entry 100mpg, 100mph...

 

Denver in Ohio Does a $1K Solar Water Heating System System for $800!

 

Eliosolar combined shading structure and solar water heater...

 

David's white reflective roof experiment...

Todd is very sold on dual flush toilets...

 

The 2 year performance update on Gordons' amazing deep energy home retrofit...

 

Earthbag root cellar...

 

A very good DIY Electric Cars site...

 

Real time reporting for our PV system is back ...

 

Two laundry water to landscape watering systems...

 

Pump and pipe sizing for solar water or space heating systems...

 

 

Taco solar pump with integrated differential controller...

Highly portable solar jar cooker...

 

Mist cooling...

 

Good, hands on strawbale home site...
 

A 320 watt truck mounted PV system...

 

 

Phase change drywall for heat storage...

 

Knicks very nice new $1K solar DHW system...

 

 

WOW! -- this is a BIG pipe coil pool heater...

 

1 year update on Woodsy's $1K solar water heating system...

 

 

Nathan's low tech, high COP air conditioner...

 

More on Tom's PEX based pool heating collector project...

 

GTB efficient hybrid bus design...

 

The Green Building Advisor website...

New website on Plugin Cars...

 

Added more info to the clothes line drying page...

Phony CAFE standard mpg numbers for 2016...

A very nice and very simple DIY thermosyphon solar water heater...

Selecting our new efficient TV & frustrations with Energy Star...

 

A Jean Pain style heat generating compost pile experiment...

 

A very nice $1K system from the UK...
 

Hybrid car battery pack rebuild...

 

"All Season" solar cooker adjusts easily for solar elevation...

 

Evap coolers -- Mike the "Las Vegas Handyman" reports on savings, install, ...
 

John's Prius site...

More power saving ideas...

 

How Much Collector Area Do I Need To Heat My House?...

 

 

Solar collector output simulation tool...

 

Solar water heating system that tracks the sun...

 

Low tech solar hot tub ...

 

A nicely done PEX coil heat exchanger...
 

Solar water heating for commercial cheese making...

 

Experiments with thermosyphon solar water heaters...
 

 

TodaysPlans.net -- DIY and plans website...
 

Performance update on Kevin's $1K Solar Water Heater-- nearly a full year ...

 

Simple poly bag biogas generator plans form U of Adelaide...

 

Biogas Science Fair projects...

 

More on Flat Plates compared to Evac Tube collectors...

Prototype of over/around window solar air heating collector...

 

Folding collector solar space and water heating system...
 

Clean electric vehicles powered by a dirty electric grid...

 

 

Plans for OSU Extension batch solar water heater are back!...

Midcoast Sustainable Living Expo...

Tracking parabolic collector plans...

 

Making use of attic heat...

 

An unusual scheme for recovering shower heat...

 

A very energy efficient (if a bit odd) shower design...

 

Update on Chad's solar heating system -- he has been busy!...

 

 

Efficient DIY inflator for double skin greenhouses...

 

Very nice Swedish pop can solar heating collector...

 

Affordable Zero Energy Home in MA...

 

Avoiding odor problems with solar air heating collectors...

 

Lots of SPRING solar projects...

 

Absorber fins from Tom -- update...

Skysails -- kites for boats...

 

Booklet on heating water with a wood stove...

 

IR reflective wall paints for cooling...

 

UAZ students help local businesses reduce energy and water consumption...

 

Homes from converted grain bins...
 

Woodstove water heating loops...

Making and evaluating heat absorbing fins for collectors...

 

March 2010

 

Harvesting fresh water from fog..

 

Bob's solar heated ice fishing shack!...

Sun-Savvy -- a zero energy home for the rest of us...

 

 

The Schoolgen program "brings solar energy to life for children"...

 

A nice set of pipe and duct flow calculators...

 

Small greenhouse from recycled windows...

 

Tucson off-grid home with unique cooling...

 

Building with ICF details...

 

SW style strawbale home...

 

Another strawbale home from the Fine Homebuilding archives...

 

Rainwater harvesting systems...

Choosing and installing a ceiling fan...

Attic insulation upgrade how-to...

 

Good attic hatch design...

 

6 ways to build an R40 wall...

 

 

Florida home uses passive cooling...

Fine Homebuilding net zero home article...

Spray foam insulation...


Removing snow from collectors...

 

Insulating Roman Shade plans...

 

Two good wall radiator projects...

 

8 KW grid-tie array details...

Final on Tom's 336 sf solar heating system -- tank and wood boiler...

Fine Homebuilding archive on DVD...

Brian's pop can solar heater...

 

215 watt PV panels on 190 watt micro inverters...

Effect of partial shading on my PV array output...

 

"The Small House Book" -- great 100 sqft homes...

Hanover House - energy efficient, reasonable cost...

 

January 2010

Wind Power for Dummies -- excellent new book on wind power from Ian Woofenden...

Air Admittance Valves to eliminate vent stacks...

1 year report on Gordon's Deep Energy Retrofit of schoolhouse...

 

Heating your own personal space...

 

Very detailed account of building earth bermed home...

 

Innovative heat storage tank kit...

Solar air heating collectors using alum downspout for absorber...

Very nice solar air heating collector - with PV powered fan...

Large solar space heating system
from Tom...

Acrylic inside storms on large windows...

 

Hybrid air and water heating solar collector...


Fin clamp for copper/alum collector...

 

Insulated rammed earth construction...

Very nice system for heating home and hot tub...

 

Yet another window insulating idea...

 

Homemade Ground Source Heat Pump projects...


New ICF product with lots of Rvalue and effective thermal mass...

Sun Tracker -- an iPhone application for solar site surveys...

The WooTank -- DIY rainwater catchment tank...

 

Our new PV system -- lots of detail -->

 

Improving large truck aerodynamics...

 

November 2009

No freeze water bowl for feral cats...

 

A very simple and interesting thermosyphon solar water heater...

 

Two new entries on Heat Pump Water Heaters...

 

Performance update on Kevin's $1K Solar Water Heating System...


New idea for domestic water heating...

Good video on Jean Pain method of heating water from biomass...

Some new material on embodied energy...

 

MEN article on Structural Insulated Panels...

 

Good article on choosing low rolling resistance tires...

 

Mike's $1K Solar Water Heating System...

 

Update on Ron's solar batch heater using a stock tank housing...

 

Our new PV system...

 

Update on MTD collectors after 2 full seasons...

 

GAISMA good site for world wide sunset/sunrise, insolation, ...

 

Great stories and pictures on historic water pumping farm windmills...

 

 

A wind logger you can build...

 

Fun video of driving Mitsubishi i MiEV electric car...

 

First full year of performance for the $1k Solar Water Heating System...

Tom's quest for a good hot tub heating collector...

 

October 2009

Scott's 24X8 space heating collector...

 

Started up the Solar Shed for heating season...

Home built grid-tie with battery backup PV system...

Update on Lee's solar lawn mower...

Update on Marc's heat from compost furnace -- first year performance...

 

Updated sections on Heat Exchangers and Heat Distribution for solar systems...

 

 

A nice design for heating with compost...

The Solar Dinosaur!...

Duct loss calculator...
 

Performance update on Kevin's "$1K" solar water heating system...

September 2009

Guy's Enphase PV system complted - all the details...

 

This is the season for Energy Fairs -- check the list...

 

Have your collector fins made in Tom's press...

 

Very detailed "how-to" on making PV panels for cells...

 

New $1K system from New Zealand...

 

 

 

Update on Tom's wind turbine...

Home Build PV panels and system...

 

August performance for $1K solar water heating system...

 

An exceptionally well done residential energy retrofit...


EcoRider -- converting a riding gas mower to electric...
 

August 2009

 

Single seat VW gets 250+ mpg...

 

Performance update on Kevin's $1K system...

 

More detail on Affordable "Near Zero Energy" homes...

 

Matt's $1K Solar Water Heating System with innovations...

Nissan LEAF EV for US...

July performance for the $1K solar water heater...

Insulating underground pipe runs...

 

Solagon -- a sort of SIP yurt...
 

Plans for an efficient wood burning furnace...

Neopor insulation/walls...


Cooling without AC...

Rollup exterior sun shades...

New page road map for $1k Solar Water Heating System...

The mb-soft heat from compost schemes...
 

Durability by Design -- designing durable homes...

Condensation Calculator for window insulating treatments...

Junior Solar Sprint -- great solar program for kids...
 

Inexpensive pyranometer kit...


Greenway DIY PV systems...

 

Lighting Facts DOE website...

 

 

July 2009

 

Vacuum insulated panels...

Very nice roof integrated solar attic collector design...
 

Hot Tub energy use...

Effect of inlet dust filters on performance of thermosyphon solar air heating collector...

 

Affordable Near Net Zero home...

PV Combiner box guide...

Good, new solar home design manual from Solar Nova Scotia...

Unique desert home...

 

Two new sets of plans for hoop house greenhouses...

Woodsy's $1K style solar water heating system...

Daylighting manual -- very good and very free -- from LBNL...

More examples of $1K Solar Water Heating System...

 

Who knew there were so many ways to use old tires...

Long haul truck concept...

June 2009

Tank update for $1K solar water heating system...

 

DIY grid tie PV system using Enphase micro inverters...

 

VT SIP house with solar sand bed storage...

 

Jack's solar workshops for kids...

 

Sean's plans for making PV panels...

$1K solar water heater tank loss test ...

 

May performance for the $1K solar water heating system...

 

Solar heating system uses remote cu/al collectors ...

 

Rain X to keep collectors clear of snow? ...

 

Kevin's WAY NORTH solar water heating system...

Snow accumulation of collectors...

Pelton turbine design for small hydro...
 

May 2009

Converting a small pickup to an EV...

Garage door scheme for solar light and heating ...

Calculator for designing EV conversions...

Growing Tomatoes in the solar heated stock tank!...
 

April 2009

Wind Turbine Buyers Guide ...

April performance for the $1K solar water heating system ...


Nice DIY array of concentrating collectors...

Solar Water Heating: A Primer...

Microturbine based Range Extended Electric Vehicle...

 

A simple DIY pipe coil style solar pool heater...

Spring update on Steven's solar horse watering tank...

Don's Solar Electric Scooter Update -- 5 years and still going strong -- full conversion plans ...
 

March 2009


Building a rainwater AND greywater
harvesting system...

22 Lesson Plans for grades 4 to High School ...

Rain water gardens to control runoff...

Optimizing the Thermal Conductivity of the Fin to Riser Tube Joint in DIY solar collectors ...

Build a 10 ft wind turbine...

 

Building a Sol-Air solar air heating collector...

Very nice solar space heating retrofit ---->
 

March performance for $1K solar water heating system ...

A simple, cheap PEX pool heating collector...

An impressive press for forming aluminum fins for collectors ...
And more presses...


Solar heated horse tank - Version 2 ..

 

February 2009

 

Fran's free, homemade clothes washer ...

Tesla EV Sedan details...

First driving numbers on 3rd Generation Prius...

Quick look at collector using CPVC instead of PEX ...
 

Solar wood drying kiln with interesting collector design...

A good design for full wall solar collectors...

 

Ford Fusion Hybrid is out...

Strawbale home plans ...

Guide to all available electric cars ...

Flow distribution test for our  Copper/aluminum collector...

Battery basics for PV systems...

Fran's Use of Subterranean Air to Defeat the Evil Air Conditioner...

 

February performance for the $1K Solar Water Heating System ...

Interesting new heliostat product...

New MIT electric bike design...
 

January 2009

Stimulus bill Energy Tax Credits ...


"The Rough Guide to Climate Change" ...


Indiana super-insulated home...




Optics experiments on the cheap...

 

California Academy of Sciences -- science for fun...


Grey water heat recovery calculator...

 

PV economics calculator...

 

Life of Mylar storm windows...


Solar Noon Calendar...

Bozeman Montana solar resources...


Greenhouse from pop bottles...


Retrofit Larsen Truss super insulation project ...

Interesting new solar cooker design...

 

New Honda Insight hybrid details...

Multi poly drum heat storage system...

Group discounts for PV systems ...New manual for Radiation On Collector...
 

Concentrating solar water distiller...

Root cellar/cooler in basement ...

December 2008

December performance for $1000 Solar Water Heater...
 

Homebrew Wind Power" new book on building wind turbines...

Using Google SketchUp for sun on home modeling...

Making a wood fired clothes dryer for off-grid homes...

Another good solar stock watering tank with full construction details -- with performance ...

$1000 solar water heater performance at -20F...


More Power Hogs ...

Wide-ranging solar cooking site...

A very nice solar heated and insulated stock tank ...

Bermed freeze resistant stock tank .

PEX/alum collector efficiency  test..
 

Comparing fuel use for two years ...

November performance on PEX/Aluminum Solar Water Heater ..

More Power Hogs ...

Very nice trellis shade structure...

Wood Handbook from Forest Prod Lab ...


Ghost Mine -- A unique, 90% solar heated, low cost home design -->

 

 

 

 

 

Final Update on Tom's turbine -- up and running -->

Update glazing ref -- add Coroplast...

An electric MINI...

New pump for $1000 solar water heater project...

 

November 2008

 

EPA mpg for plug-ins difficult to determine...

EcoRenovator -- DIY energy saving projects ...Update on multiwall polycarbonate storm windows...

Update on PET bottle solar water heater design...
 
Keeping the pipes from freezing when away (without fuel)...

Freedom's solar heated stock watering tank...

October performance for $1K solar water heating system ...

Tom's 5.5KW wind turbine, and 140 ft tilt-up tower -- full construction details...  ----->

Canuckle sun tracker...Solar Livestock Handbook available again...


Bob's Insulated Stock Tank -- full build-it details...

Earthbag Building -- an excellent book...

 

Finding a professional installer....

 

October 2008

Energy Ball wind turbine...

Kid Wind -- great site for kids (and others) to learn about wind power...

Updated collector glazing materials overview ...

New collection of Frugal Energy Saving Ideas...

Nice rain barrel project...

Solar water heater from PET bottles...

A bit of performance on $1000 water heater ...

New material on the chispito wind turbine ...

Shane's excellent site on building a combined PV and wind system ...

First performance on the Copper -Aluminum prototype collector...

Tanks from Tom ...

A $1000, cold climate, high performance, durable, Domestic Solar Water Heating System ...
 

A collector using PEX tubing instead of copper ($4/sqft)...


A low  cost, high performance, copper/aluminum collector ($6/sqft)...

Small panel tests as a way to compare collector designs...

 

Thermal performance of a large plastic pipe coil heat exchanger...

 

Effect of vent size on thermosyphon collectors -- A small test...

Energy efficiency of different modes of transport...
 

September 2008

Update on Ron's stock tank solar water heater ...

Update on Guy's mower conversion-new motor source ...

Fuel and heating system comparison calculators ...(adds and updates)

Simple solar batch water heater using stock tank as enclosure...

Pictures of water pumper windmill ...

Toyota iQ city car ...

Very nice plans for double pane inside storm windows from Guy...

Updated Solar Stock Tank...

A unique solar water heater design ...

Added several new Events to Energy Fair page ...

SunCache -- a new design for a cost effective solar water heater...   ----->
 

 

 

 

Path To Passive -- a solar design book ...


August 2008

CookingWithTheSun.com -- solar cooking and recipes ...
 

Site Survey -- more ways to find true south ...

PV sizing tool for Europe and Africa...

Auto X-Prize shoestring entry with all the details...


SOLAR COOKING EVENT IN MONTANA - August 16 ...

 

PV modules that look like roof shingles ...

Update on Denver Habitat zero and near zero energy homes...

DIY radiant barrier installation ...

Heating water from waste AC heat...

 

Heat Pump water heaters ...

WindBlue -- wind generator kits ...

 

Test -- Edge gaps on thermal shades ...

Making your own PV panels ...

Serpentine collector drain back test ...

 

July 2008

 

 

Reflective shade that looks good ...

 

Ecomodder -- vehicle mods to improve fuel efficiency...

Giant, cheap solar collector ...

MTD stagnation test results...

"Hot Water, Cold Beer" ...

NEW metal version of Modified Trickle Down solar heating collector ...

 

 

 

 

 

Masonry heater design/build article...

EV conversion -- 130 miles on 7.2 KWH! ...

 

Ken's low tech cabin ...

100 KWH/year homemade fridge... 

 

 

 

 

 


Ron's solar air heating collector...

Roof PV system install guidelines..

 

Lowering AC bills dramatically through roof changes ...

 

Home "Home Energy Station" makes H for fuel cell car ...


<-- New video on the SolarBug...

Inspector Guidelines for PV systems ...

Grid-tie PV system ...
 

Affordable zero net Habitat For Humanity home...

 

PV install guide...

PV trackers from satellite dishes...

 

June 2008

Collector glazing material comparison ...

The Power Hogs ...

Update on Lee's Solar Mower ...

"Juice from Juice" student experiment...


<-- The Beer Can Collector in English... 



New material added to PV section ...

& PV suppliers ...
 

A good PV reference and catalog ...


Mercedes Actros 40 ton semi set mpg record ...

'10,000 Miles in the Jelly Bean Car" (our Prius) -- 50K miles Update...

NOAA CLIM20 report for rain water collection design ...

Natural Space Dome homes ...


Super Insulated dome home ...

 

 

 

 

 

May 2008

More on choosing efficient ceiling fans ...

How to blow cellulose insulation in existing walls ...

Pole mounted PV detailed how-to ...

New worldwide degree-day tool...

Update: Shading effectiveness of overhangs vs solar screen on windows ...

 

How to build pipe-in-pipe heat exchanger ...

 

Added more Energy Fairs & workshops to list ...

 

Schoolgen - renewable energy projects and materials for schools...

 

Interesting wood gasification experiments ...

Masonry Heater examples, construction, ...

Energy efficient/sustainable home construction techniques from Gimmie Shelter Builders ...

Low cost heat storage from sunspaces ...

PV pool pump system ...

Added a few more Energy Fair Event ...

EEBT -- energy efficient home builder ...

"Green From the Ground Up" book on green home construction ...

Solar tunnel style food dryer...

 

Update: simple solar pool heating collector payback ...

Energy Fairs list ...

Calculator for CO2 emissions per KWH in your area ...

Mitsubishi i MiEV electric car ...

 

Beer can solar collector ...

MIT Warm Light Wall ...

 

Meyers motorcycle/car EV...

FSEC programs for kids ...

Fuel Comparison Calculator

 

Very nice DIY cylindrical tank design with unique heat exchanger ...

Commercial solar lawn mower ...

Complete energy efficiency renovation of 100 year old home ...

Think! electric car to be offered in US

Heat Loss Calculator update, examples...

Undershot water wheel update ...

 

The Hippo water transporter ...

Reorganized and added to supplier section ...

Two new biodiesel sites ...

Kawasaki EV conversion...

Living Walls ...

More greywater reuse information ...

April 2008
BiFold inside thermal shutters ...

More pictures of Shade Sails ...

Good Solar water pumping installation story ...

Update - Hybrid Cars dot Com...

More Larsen Truss pictures...

 


Alberta super insulated NetZero home - impressive! ...





 

 

Solar shop doors for heat and light -- Update -- Fred's doors....

Greg's solar air heating collector ...

 

New section on extensive retrofits for home thermal efficiency ...

AutoBlogGreen - green car news ...

Vertigro - Oil from algae ...

 

Compendium of Solar Cookers ...
 

Scheffler concentrators update...

Ultimate solar cooker ...

CA green building guide ...

Venture 100mpg 100mph tilting car ..

WaterSense low water use toilets ...

Update -- Sealing ducts -- no duct tape! ...



Pool heating in Ottawa...

 

How tightly must inside shutters fit to be effective?

Practical low drag motorcycles ..

 

March 2008

Energy storage effic for cars comparison ...


UK zero carbon home dsign ... 


DIY pipe coil pool heater ...

New Larsen Truss material from Robert ...

"Think" electric cars (updated)...

"SunCache" simple solar water heater ...

Diesel-Hybrid pickup? ...

PV life cycle pollution study.

February 2008

Phantom Loads interview with me ...

Good Dirt Radio ...

Solar Stock Tank update 2...


Hot water recirc system
Update ...

 

Modified Larsen Truss -- cost effective, super insulated ...
Updated to show EStar rating

 

 

 

Prototype Solar stock tank heater...


Experimental - Optimal solar air collectors ...

Saskatchewan super insulated ...

Solar Stock Tank update ...

Modular efficient home ...
 

EV Album - 1400 EV conversions ..

 

Solar Shed tank changes ...

 

EV of Washington DC -- good EV conversion site ...


Pipe coil pool heater ...

NM PVC framed hoop house...

Outdoor Wood Furnaces...

Rain water for toilet flushing ...

 

SW off-grid strawbale with water catchment system ...

AZ rainwater collection guide ...

 

Warm window Thermal shades ...

Good, simple rainwater collection book ...

More on the Mooney wall ...

Half Plan in Mother Earth News...

Old Dutch windmill - great pictures..

 

Small, efficient Arctic home ...


Ray's water catchment livestock shelter ...

New Trickle Down Collector design ...
 

WindStuffNow update ...

One hour windmill ...

 

Jan, 2008

Solar powered attic vent fan ...

Efficient hot water recirculation ...
 

The quest for an R15 window shade

Hot water recirculation system test
surprising results ...


Nice solar home ...
 

Taiwan solar car prototype ...

Water heating roof tile ...

 

Collector buying guide ...

Unique passive solar home design ...

Updated Radiantec solar heating...

Experimental twinwall collector ...
 

Jan 8, 2008

Doug's Solar Projects ...
7 great new projects from Doug

     Solar Greenhouse ...
     Passive solar home ...
     Slipform construction ...

     Masonry stove ...

     Solar water heater - PV ...
     Solar water heater - passive ....

     DIY thermal shades ...

     Why a solar lifesytle? ...
 

An educational solar project for students ...
 

Unique design solar air heating collector ...

 

Update on "Tiny Homes" ...

New Home Page and Getting Started sections ...

Dome home construction -->

 

 

 


Flagstaff solar greenhouse ...


 

Advanced EV conversion ...


Owner built strawbale house ...


Lamar's off-grid cabin ...


Grey water heat recovery test


Chevy Volt info site ...


Large DIY concrete water tank


Solar Fire concentrating collectors


The Elec-Trak electric tractor series


 

 

 

Dec 9, 2007

Sun Chaser program for kids update


The Straw House Blog ...


Heliostat -- light and heat on the dark side -->

 

 

Older yet New Content:

Archive Jan  2008 ...

Archive Aug 2006 ...

Archive Sept 2005 ...

 

 

 

 

Gary Jan 12, 2008