Other Passive Solar Devices and Resources
Passive solar water heaters are also available on the market that get their heat directly from solar energy. Typically, these devices are flat and slender, with the water held in coils which have been painted black for the best heat gain. They are typically more expensive than electric or gas water heaters. However, they can save users a tremendous amount of money on hot water over time.
You can purchase inexpensive passive solar house plans on the Web. You can also hire an architect to design your passive solar house for you. Some custom home designers also specialize in passive solar construction.
Passive solar has the potential to revolutionize the house market. If used in both homes and businesses, it could help to end the current global energy crisis.
For more information on saving energy in your home, read Save on Electricity: Store Cold Energy in Your Refrigerator. For more ideas about using renewable energy, read Small Wind Turbines for the Home.
Edward Mazria, "The Passive Solar Energy Book." Rodale Press, 1979.
"EERE Consumer's Guide: Passive Solar Home Guide." U.S. Department of Energy Website.
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