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Posted by nospam on October 23, 2003, 3:09 pm
I don't intend to buy a home for at least a few more years, but I'd like
to have a working familiarity with solar-thermal and solar-electric
design and assembly by the time I do. I'm a hands-on learner who really
needs to DO something after I read about it to make it stick.  Can anyone
recommend a book that might lay out projects appropriately-scaled to my
moving-once-a-year lifestyle?


Posted by Ecnerwal on October 23, 2003, 3:39 pm

There are probably books available, but there are certainly a number of
web sites about various sorts of solar cookers (both oven-type slow and
parabolic dish-type fast), which are pretty good portable projects. An
inside-the window air heater would be more cumbersome (I'm thinking
something you could put in place when you were not home, and remove to
get the view back when you were home, without exterior modifications
that would upset your landlord...

(This part is OT for thermal, sorry) One of the back issues of Home
Power magazine (which can be had in a very useful CD collection of lots
of back issues) had a description of a PV system which the maker
installed on her car, and disconnected the alternator belt, improving
her fuel milage by quite a bit (no alternator load on the engine), which
is something you could try if you have a car/truck.

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