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The best advice is often the advice you hear every time you ask a question. In the case of solar energy, the best advice is always "fix everything you can fix before you start planning your project". Read more »
Direct gain passive solar homes have many advantages and disadvantages compared to other approaches. Historically, the first direct gain homes were often a complete mess, because the designers had Read more »
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Can I Integrate a Forced-Air Heating System with Solar Thermal?
Choosing Backup Boilers and Furnaces
Compelling Reasons for Renewable Energy
Control Systems for Air-Based Space Heating
Controls for an Integrated Forced-Air and Solar Thermal Setup
Controls for an Integrated Hydronic and Solar Thermal Setup
Convection Heating at Home
Cooling People Inside a Passive Solar Home
Cost of Geothermal Systems
Diversion Loads in Solar Thermal Space Heating
Do We Have Enough Fuel For The Future?
Drainback Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems with Storage
Drainback Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems Without Storage
Forced-Air Backup Heating Systems Pros and Cons
Geothermal Energy for your Home
Heat Load Analysis - Heating Degree Days
Heating with a Wood Furnace
Heating your Home with Wood
How Heat is Delivered to a Living Space
How Much Firewood is Needed to Heat Your Home?
How Much Thermal Mass Should I Install?
How to Choose the Right Thermal Wall Design
How to Recover Heat from your Wood Stove
How to Use Thermal Trombe Walls Properly
How to Vent Thermal Trombe Walls
Indirect Gain Passive Solar Homes
Integrating Solar Thermal and Grid-Tied Heating
Integrating Solar Thermal Space Heating with Hydronic Systems
Layout Patterns for Radiant Floor Tubing
Liquid-Based Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems Without Storage
Liquid-Based Solar Thermal Systems for Space Heating
Living with High-Mass Space Heating
Passive Solar Homes Glass-To-Thermal-Mass Ratios
Planning Your Solar Thermal Installation
Pressurized Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems with Storage
Pressurized Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems Without Storage
Pros and Cons of Direct Gain Passive Solar Homes
Pros and Cons of Masonry Heaters
Pros and Cons of Sunspaces
Pros and Cons of Trombe Thermal Walls
Radiant and Circulating Wood Stoves
Regional Adjustments for Direct Solar Gain
Renewable Fuels for Heating
Solar Energy Heating and Cooling
Solar Thermal Storage Tanks
Storage Tanks for Solar Thermal Space Heating
The Importance of Insulation
Thermal Mass for Passive Solar Homes
Using Thermal Mass in Passive Solar
Wall-Mounted Space Heaters
What is a Solar Chimney?
What is Active Solar Heating?
What is Natural Conditioning?
What is Passive Solar Heating ?
Wood as Fuel - Renewable Energy