Hey Kids! It’s A DIY Solar Thermal Panel!
|By Michael d'Estries in Energy, Solar | June 22, 2006|
DIY anything connected to a renewable energy concept is generally nothing I like to try. It’s messy, complicated, and frankly–I’ve never been good at home improvement. However, the guys over at The Sietch have me rethinking my lack of skill with their super easy DIY Solar Thermal Panel. Total cost is less than $5! Let’s see: you need the back grill of a fridge, a floor mat, some window glass, tape, tubing, and foil. Put it all together and you’ve got a pretty efficient water heater–over 110 degrees on sunny days. Part one of this step-by-step simply shows you how to have water enter and then leave scalding hot. Part two will show you how to have a return system in place or thermo siphon. There are many uses for this type of heater, but I can immediately think of one: Hot Tub! Yea—check it out and let us know if you have any success in making green tea with this thing.
Link: Build Your Own Solar Thermal Panel