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Posted by Jim O'R on September 25, 2005, 10:19 pm
 
I'm not looking forward to the energy bills I am epecting this winter.  I
have been interested in solar heating but since I am disabled, I need to
buy solar collectors rather than make them.

My house is facing south.  I would like to buy solar collectors that I can
pass air through to warm the house on sunny days.  The few that I have seen
start at about $00.  If I was heathy, I think I could make them for about
$0.  

Can someone point me to a vender.  (Or give me appropriate seach words for
Google.)

Posted by Paul on September 25, 2005, 11:16 pm
 


  I came up with:
  http://www.cleardomesolar.com/
  You might try searching using:
  "low cost solar collectors"
 



Posted by Philip Lewis on September 26, 2005, 12:16 am
 
doh... From their amazon store:
2x8 array = 895 + 275 S&H = 1170.
paraphrased: "Will replace an electric heater costing $5/month to
run."
(1170 / 25.0) / (6months/year heating) = 7.8 years payback.
Assuming gas boiler heat is .5 electric heat that's 15.6 years
payback (ignoring interest, assuming electric stays constant) assuming
it lasts that long. (did i get that right?)

I thought he was asking for *cheap* solutions. ;)

This probably acts like the type of panel i thought i could build in
my other post from today.

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Posted by Paul on September 26, 2005, 3:20 am
 

  Doug's idea of having someone build them for you sounds good.
Here is a link that shows one that goes up against your window.
http://www.motherearthnews.com/library/1977_September_October/Mother_s__Heat_Grabber_  



Posted by dpadavona on October 10, 2005, 12:56 am
 I ordered from them in late August.  They immediately charged my card
and I am still waiting for delivery, and I've had to send them flame
mails lately to get the ball rolling.

In the meantime I've built 2 of my own, so I wish I hadn't dealt with
them to begin with.  Either way it is terrible form for a business to
charge a credit card with no intention of delivering the product within
the next 5 weeks.  Screw them.  Stay away from Cleardome.


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