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The free resource of the sun can be used in many ways. One of the best is to generate warm water with a solar thermal panel.
Build Your Own Solar Thermal Panel
There is nothing better than warming yourself in the sun in early spring. Solar energy is becoming more affordable and popular for off-grid power.
However, thermal solar power still seems relegated to the hobbyist.
A solar thermal panel uses the thermal emittance of the sun to provide free hot water for your off-grid use. This easy DIY project can offset heating costs or can provide your complete hot water needs.
Building your own solar panel heater is a quick and inexpensive project that can be completed in a weekend. Simple and easy it shows immediate results.
A DIY solar thermal panel uses a few parts namely: a corrugated plastic panel, PVC pipe, PVC end caps, silicone sealant, and few connectors.
One of the key features of a solar heater is its ability to circulate water without a powered pump. Consequently, as the panel heats up, convection causes the warm water to rise within the panel. This creates a thermosiphon.
With a little attention to positioning, this DIY solar thermal panel will heat a reservoir with no external pumps or power.
Building your own solar panel water heater will provide a new level of independence from the grid.
In fact, there is an unending amount of DIY solar-powered projects that you can learn about to become more self-sufficient. You may already know you can make a solar radio. But, did you know that you can make a solar-powered water purifier, dehydrator, oven, and even an ice-maker?
DIY solar thermal panels are equally beneficial passively heating your living space or providing a hot shower. Give this simple project a try and be ready to take another step towards energy independence.
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
Do you remember the old root cellars our great-grandparents used to have? In fact, they probably built it themselves, right in their back yard.
If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then you need Easy Cellar.
Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
- Cost-effective building methods
- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also reveal how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.
- America's Natural Nuclear Bunkers: Find the Closest One to Your Home
- 56 Items to Stockpile in Your Easy Cellar