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Posted by Robert Gammon on June 19, 2006, 5:49 pm
Gary wrote:

Not in a house that you are in for only a couple of years, i.e. rent or
lease.   Installing a commercial system, one that you can show hte owner
example sof and literature for is more likely to gain acceptance OUTSIDE

So build it here on a  home you own and so long as local building codes
allow, so long as homeowner deed restrictions will permit such a device
, and MANY now require details plans to be submitted in writing before
proceeding - we have to get shingle color approved, exterior pain colors
approved and the solar hot water system had to be approved by the HOA
BEFORE work began, then go ahead.

Just don't dream of doing this in a foreign country WITHOUT getting the
homeowner's approval AND consult with local real Estate professionals to
get their advice on the homebrew plan.

Could be a thing that gets you evicted over there, so be very very
careful if you intend to do homebrew in France (or Germany, or Italy, or
Spain, Or England.......)

Posted by Matthew Maddock on June 19, 2006, 6:37 pm
Robert Gammon wrote:

But it is my own home!!  I'm not renting or otherwise (did I say I
was??) - I wouldn't conceive of spending so much on someone else's
house!  As far as  planning is concerned there are few restrictions
in the area as I have already checked - although I haven't checked
specifically for solar panels etc. it is obviously a good idea to
speak to the local Marie before putting them up!

Still, as much as a home-built system appeals, I'm not sure I will
have the time between re-wiring, re-plumbing, putting in a new
bathroom, kitchen and generally fixing up the rest of the house!!


Posted by Gary on June 19, 2006, 6:45 pm
 Robert Gammon wrote:

Hi Robert,
I guess that makes sense if he is renting, or will not be there for long -- not
sure it thats the case or not?
Places vary a lot on approvals and covenants -- sounds like you live in a very
picky place.  Where I am, the covenants are not very restrictive, and no permit
is required.
Anyway, was just wondering why you thought it would not be a good idea.

I think that DIY solar water heaters can be a good way to go.  The cost of
commercial systems is high -- I think a lot due to low volume production. You
can save a substantial amount of money building your own.  I think that the
simple payback on some systems could be as low as a couple years -- less if
energy rates keep going up.  Not to mention the greenhouse gas benefits.




"Build It Yourself" Solar Projects

Posted by Robert Gammon on June 19, 2006, 8:47 pm
 Gary wrote:

Most overseas assignments like this tend to be for two years or less due
to Visa requirements (displacement of citizen workers and all that).  He
did not make it clear in posting I saw in alt.home.repair as quoted by
Nick whether this was to be a relatively short term assignment, as most
of these are, or if he is, in effect, emigrating to France, intended to
set up is long term household there, and to eventually renounce US
citizenship to become a French citizen.

DIY solar hot water, hmm

I see a 3-4 person system with 80 gallon heat exchanger tank (so
antifreeze soltuion flows thru the collector for only $500 plus
installation.     Yes, that is more than a gas powered hot water tank,
but will pay for itself quickly.  This feeds into a standard hot water tank.

Posted by Matthew Maddock on June 19, 2006, 8:56 pm
I think for whatever reason this was cross-posted! but I removed the
cross posting on my reply because I thought NG cross posting was
frowned upon!  I am British, but am moving permanently to France.
Sorry - not used to NG's that are predominantly US read.

Thanks for the replies.  Still don't know what to do, but will search
out more local information in France when I move there.


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