My father and mother are both disabled and on a fixed income, they still have a fairly big house ( 2 story 4 bed).
About usGoodshomedesign is an online home design magazine but do not sell the products reviewed or showcased on this site. Using a few soda cans, some spare wood, some leftover plexiglass and a couple of old CPU fans – I made a miniature solar heater that is designed to sit in a window sill. Just warning you to check it out before you get daily fines and have to tear the whole thing down.
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During my time researching all aspects of solar power, solar water pumping, and anything else I could imagine regarding solar, I learned about solar water heating. So, after some more research to determine what it would take to do this, I sorted out that a thermosiphon system would probably the best way for me to go.
Sometime back, I happened on to a site where a guy had put a lot of time, research, and energy, into building a solar water heater for his swimming pool.
Back in 1980 went I built a house in the Sierra Nevada mountains (elevation 4500 ft) I had a 55 gallon plastic tank as my hot water supply that I placed on a rise above my house, gravity fed. You know, dicey, even as old as you are, they have had T & P valves for a pretty long time. Seriously, though, I will make it a point to have one in the hot water tank of my thermosiphon system. Solar panels are expensive and small but with pipe under the whole roof it will be just as effective. The hot water may have to be done differently, or I may have to order the tubing from another country. Water heating is a thermodynamic process that uses an energy source to heat water above its initial temperature. Domestically, water is traditionally heated in vessels known as water heaters, kettles, cauldrons, pots, or coppers. Appliances that provide a continual supply of hot water are called water heaters, hot water heaters, hot water tanks, boilers, heat exchangers, geysers, or calorifiers.
Fossil fuels (natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, oil), or solid fuels are commonly used for heating water.
Hot water used for space heating may be heated by fossil fuels in a boiler, while potable water may be heated in a separate appliance. In household and commercial usage, most North American and Southern Asian water heaters are the tank type, also called storage water heaters, these consist of a cylindrical vessel or container that keeps water continuously hot and ready to use.
Another popular arrangement where higher flow rates are required for limited periods is to heat water in a pressure vessel that can withstand a hydrostatic pressure close to that of the incoming mains supply. Where hot-water space heating boilers are installed, DHW cylinders are usually heated indirectly by primary water from the boiler, or by an electric immersion heater (often as backup to the boiler). Compared to tankless heaters, storage water heaters have the advantage of using energy (gas or electricity) at a relatively slow rate, storing the heat for later use. Volume storage water heaters in the United States and New Zealand are typically vertical, cylindrical tanks, usually standing on the floor or on a platform raised a short distance above the floor. In temperate zone countries, where ambient temperature are seasonally colder, tiny point-of-use (POU) electric storage water heaters with capacities ranging from 8 to 32 liters (2 to 6 gallons) are made for installation in kitchen and bath cabinets or on the wall above a sink.
The inside of a hydraulically operated two-stage tankless heater, heated by 3-phase electric power.
Tankless water heatersa€”also called instantaneous, continuous flow, inline, flash, on-demand, or instant-on water heatersa€”are gaining in popularity.[citation needed] These high-power water heaters instantly heat water as it flows through the device, and do not retain any water internally except for what is in the heat exchanger coil. Tankless heaters may be installed throughout a household at more than one point-of-use (POU), far from a central water heater, or larger centralized models may still be used to provide all the hot water requirements for an entire house. Stand-alone appliances for quickly heating water for DHW are known in North America as tankless or on demand water heaters. A common arrangement where hot-water space heating is employed, is for a boiler to also heat potable water, providing a continuous supply of DHW without extra equipment. As the name implies, an electric heating element is incorporated into such shower heads to instantly heat the water as it flows through. Invented in Brazil in the 1930s and used frequently since the 1940s, the electric shower is a home appliance often seen in South American countries due to the higher costs of gas distribution. The most basic solar thermal models are the direct-gain type, in which the potable water is directly sent into the collector. In countries like Iceland and New Zealand, and other volcanic regions, water heating may be done using geothermal heating, rather than combustion. Where a space-heating water boiler is employed, the traditional arrangement in the UK is to use boiler-heated (primary) water to heat potable (secondary) water contained in a cylindrical vessel (usually made of copper)a€”which is supplied from a cold water storage vessel or container, usually in the roof space of the building. A locational design decision may be made between point-of-use and centralized water heaters. Other improvements to water heaters include check valve devices at their inlet and outlet, cycle timers, electronic ignition in the case of fuel-using models, sealed air intake systems in the case of fuel-using models, and pipe insulation.
In traditional plumbing in the UK, the space-heating boiler is set up to heat a separate hot water cylinder or water heater for potable hot water. A wetback stove (NZ), wetback heater (NZ), or back boiler (UK), is a simple household secondary water heater using incidental heat.
Though not very popular in North America, another type of water heater developed in Europe predated the storage model. Maughn's invention influenced the work of a Norwegian mechanical engineer named Edwin Ruud. Natural gas in the US is measured in CCF (100 cubic feet), which is converted to a standardized heat content unit called the therm, equal to 100,000 British thermal units (BTU). In comparison, a typical 60 gallon tank electric water heater has a 4500 watt (15,355 BTU) heating element, which at 100% efficient results in a heating time of about 2.34 hours. Energy efficiencies of water heaters in residential use can vary greatly, particularly depending on manufacturer and model.
Unfortunately, it takes a great deal of energy to heat water, as one may experience when waiting to boil a gallon of water on a stove.
Under the 2015 standard, for the first time, storage water heaters with capacities of 55 US gallons or larger now face stricter efficiency requirements than those of 50 US gallons or less. Water heaters potentially can explode and cause significant damage, injury, or death if certain safety devices are not installed.
For older houses where the water heater is part of the space heating boiler, and plumbing codes allow, some plumbers install an automatic gas shutoff (such as the "Watts 210") in addition to a TPR valve. Building a solar panel heater out of aluminum cans is not as far-fetched as you might think.


The units are typically installed on the outside walls of houses, and of course, in a location that gets a lot of sun.
With natural resources draining rapidly with no perspective of renewing, people are left with choosing the smarter methods of producing energy. I am going to try this at their house I think I will have to use a couple but if it works, money saved is money earned. We try to show you what is new and beautiful in this area, arranged in several categories (apartments, ideas, interior design, home decor, home design, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, furniture, hotels & resorts, architecture) related to the area and style.
This is a smaller version that I wanted to test out before building a larger 4×8 unit to do some real heating. I used one of those outdoor thermometers and placed it near the outtake to see what kind of temperatures I was getting after circulation of the air. For a year it worked fine, though one very hot day in the middle of July, the tank exploded, just got too hot.
Plus there are also PV panels on the roof, and more of those being added as well, to provide power. These metal vessels that heat a batch of water do not produce a continual supply of heated water at a preset temperature. These names depend on region, and whether they heat potable or non-potable water, are in domestic or industrial use, and their energy source. In North America, these vessels are called hot water tanks, and may incorporate an electrical resistance heater, an air source heat pump, or a gas or oil burner that heats water directly. The disadvantage is that over time, the water inside the tank cools down, activating the heating system to heat the water back up. Smaller water heaters are sufficient, as ambient weather temperatures and incoming water temperature are moderate.
Copper heat exchangers are preferred in these units because of their high thermal conductivity and ease of fabrication. The main advantages of tankless water heaters are a plentiful continuous flow of hot water (as compared to a limited flow of continuously heated hot water from conventional tank water heaters), and potential energy savings under some conditions. Appliances that can supply both space-heating and DHW are called combination (or combi) boilers.
These self-heating shower heads are specialized point-of-use (POU) tankless water heaters, and are widely used in some countries. Earlier models were made of chromed copper or brass, which were expensive, but since 1970, units made of injected plastics are popular due to low prices similar to that of a hair dryer. The lower costs with electric showers compared to the higher costs with boilers is due to the time of use: an electric shower uses energy only while the water flows, while a boiler works many times a day to keep a quantity of standing water hot for use throughout the day and night.
The heating element of an electric shower is typically a coiled nichrome resistance wire immersed in the water stream.
Their solar collectors are installed outside dwellings, typically on the roof or walls or nearby, and the potable hot water storage tank is typically a pre-existing or new conventional water heater, or a water heater specifically designed for solar thermal. Many such systems are said to use integrated collector storage (ICS), as direct-gain systems typically have storage integrated within the collector. After collecting heat in the panels, the heat transfer fluid flows through a heat exchanger, transferring its heat to the potable hot water.
Placed in a rack, evacuated tube collectors form a row of glass tubes, each containing absorption fins attached to a central heat-conducting rod (copper or condensation-driven). This produces a fairly steady supply of DHW (Domestic Hot Water) at low static pressure head but usually with a good flow. Centralized water heaters are more traditional, and are still a good choice for small buildings. Such water heaters are often fitted with an auxiliary electrical immersion heater for use if the boiler is out of action for a time. The first feature attempts to prevent vapors from flammable liquids and gases in the vicinity of the heater from being ignited and thus causing a house fire or explosion. It typically consists of a hot water pipe running behind a fireplace or stove (rather than hot water storage), and has no facility to limit the heating.
In London, England, in 1868, a painter named Benjamin Waddy Maughan invented the first instantaneous domestic water heater that didn't use solid fuel.[5] Named the geyser after an Icelandic gushing hot spring, Maughan's invention made cold water at the top flow through pipes that were heated by hot gases from a burner at the bottom.
The first automatic, storage tank-type gas water was invented around 1889 by Ruud after he immigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (US).
However, electric heaters tend to be slightly more efficient (not counting power station losses) with recovery efficiency (how efficiently energy transfers to the water) reaching about 98%. Electric storage tank water heaters with capacities less than 55 US gallons sold in the United States shall have an energy factor of at least 95%, increased from the pre-2015 minimum standard of 90% for 50-US-gallon electric units. A safety device called a temperature and pressure relief (T&P or TPR) valve, is normally fitted on the top of the water heater to dump water if the temperature or pressure becomes too high.
The idea is to draw air from near the floor of any room in a home, and pass it through the heating panel, which contains several columns of cans. The cans are stacked and have large holes cut in both ends to allow the air to pass inside them while the outside of the cans is getting hot from the sun. And with pollution from dumps on the rise, repurposing everything they have in their grasp and turning them into useful products and machines, seems the most intelligent thing to do right now.
The goal is to use the sun’s heat to warm up the aluminum cans and push the air out of the box to produce warmer results inside the room using the CPU fans. I’ve found the best method for doing that is reversing the drill and score it enough so that it just works loose. I managed to get about a 30-40 degree difference from the air outside to the air exiting the unit. Panels need to be on a special mount separate from where the batteries are.The batteries need to be in a special room also. In domestic installations, potable water heated for uses other than space heating is also called domestic hot water (DHW). Electricity to heat water may also come from any other electrical source, such as nuclear power or renewable energy. District heating systems supply energy for water heating and space heating from waste heat from industries, power plants, incinerators, geothermal heating, and central solar heating.
These may use electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, solar, or other energy sources. Additionally, when heavy use exhausts the hot water, there is a significant delay before hot water is available again. They may be used when retrofitting a pump and recirculating plumbing in a building is too costly or impractical. Though on-demand heaters provide a continuous supply of DHW, the rate they can produce it at is limited by the thermodynamics of heating water from the available fuel supplies.


Electric showers have a simple electric system, working like a coffee maker, but with a larger water flow.
Moreover, the transfer of electric energy to the water in an electric shower head is very efficient, approaching 100%. In better versions the heating element may be sheathed and electrically isolated, like the ones used in oil heaters, radiators or clothes irons, providing more safety. Heating water directly is inherently more efficient than heating it indirectly via heat exchangers, but such systems offer very limited freeze protection (if any), can easily heat water to temperatures unsafe for domestic use, and ICS systems suffer from severe heat loss on cold nights and cold, cloudy days. When the panels are cooler than the storage tank or when the storage tank has already reached its maximum temperature, the controller in closed-loop systems stops the circulation pumps. The evacuated description refers to the vacuum created in the glass tubes during the manufacturing process, which results in very low heat loss and lets evacuated tube systems achieve extreme temperatures, far in excess of water's boiling point. In most other parts of the world, water heating appliances do not use a cold water storage vessel or container, but heat water at pressures close to that of the incoming mains water supply. For larger buildings with intermittent or occasional hot water use, multiple POU water heaters may be a better choice, since they can reduce long waits for hot water to arrive from a remote heater. Gas fired heaters have maximum recovery efficiencies of only about 82-94% (the remaining heat is lost with the flue gasses). Storage water heaters with a nominal input of 75,000 btu or greater are not currently affected by these requirements, since energy factor is not defined for such units.
Most plumbing codes require that a discharge pipe be connected to the valve to direct the flow of discharged hot water to a drain, typically a nearby floor drain, or outside the living space. Of course you will need some technology in order to efficiently make energy sources from alternative materials.
If you really have something good, we will publish it with your own name in our online magazine. Now, these fans will not be pushing a ton of air obviously, but being that this unit can run on a solar panel, it’s all free. Once you have the bottoms and tops cut out, glue the cans together using some form of glue – I used Gorilla Glue. Ultimately these devices will be using the air inside the room and heating it, so it should perform more efficiently that way.
Alternative energy such as solar energy, heat pumps, hot water heat recycling, and geothermal heating can also heat water, often in combination with backup systems powered by fossil fuels or electricity. Natural gas heaters are most popular in the US and most European countries, since the gas is often conveniently piped throughout cities and towns and currently is the cheapest to use. Larger tanks tend to provide hot water with less temperature fluctuation at moderate flow rates. Since they maintain water temperature thermostatically, they can only supply a continuous flow of hot water at extremely low flow rates, unlike high-capacity tankless heaters. Due to electrical safety standards, modern electric showers are made of plastic instead of using metallic casings like in the past.
In a drainback system, the water drains into a storage tank contained in conditioned or semi-conditioned space, protected from freezing temperatures. The decision where to locate the water heater(s) is only partially independent of the decision of a tanked vs. The exhaust gases of combustion are cooled and are mechanically ventilated either through the roof or through an exterior wall. These safety requirements were made in response to homeowners storing, or spilling, gasoline or other flammable liquids near their water heaters and causing fires.
The invention was somewhat dangerous because there was no flue to remove heated gases from the bathroom.
But we will show you how easy it is to use ordinary objects, like pop cans, in helping you build a DIY solar panel box for your solar heater. You’ll want to install your fans now and tidy up the wiring before you do anything else.
You will want to check the heat rating on the glue if you decide to use something different to make sure it can withstand the heat. Generally the consumer has no in-building backup system, due to the expected high availability of district heating systems.
In Australia, gas and electric outdoor tank heaters have mainly been used (with high temperatures to increase effective capacity), but solar roof tanks are becoming fashionable. A 20-minute bath by an electric shower can cost about US$0.10, but the same bath using water from a gas heater can cost three times as much. As an electrical appliance that uses more electric current than a washer or a dryer, an electric shower installation requires careful planning, and generally is intended to be wired directly from the electrical distribution box with a dedicated circuit breaker and ground system.
At high combustion efficiencies a drain must be supplied to handle the water condensed out of the combustion products, which are primarily carbon dioxide and water vapor. Since most of the new designs incorporate some type of flame arrestor screen, they require monitoring to make sure they don't become clogged with lint or dust, reducing the availability of air for combustion. Natural gas and propane tank water heaters with energy factors of 62% or greater, as well as electric tank water heaters with energy factors of 93% or greater, are considered high-efficiency units.
This difference can be larger where the electricity is cheaper than the gas supply, or in tropical countries where the maximum power consumption is required only during the cold seasons. The terms electric water boiler, electric dispensing pot or electric water urn are also commonly used there.
Energy Star-qualified natural gas and propane tank water heaters (as of September 2010) have energy factors of 67% or higher, which is usually achieved using an intermittent pilot together with an automatic flue damper, baffle blowers, or power venting. Direct electric resistance tank water heaters are not included in the Energy Star program, however, the Energy Star program does include electric heat pump units with energy factors of 200% or higher. For example, in a traditional coal plant, only about 30-35% of the energy in the coal ends up as electricity on the other end of the generator.[8] Losses on the electrical grid (including line losses and voltage transformation losses) reduce electrical efficiency further.
Some prefer to use regular glass, but I didn’t want to deal with cutting it and already had plexiglass on hand. Tankless gas water heaters (as of 2015) must have an energy factor of 90% or higher for Energy Star qualification. I simply drilled pilot holes and used screws to fasten it – then sealed the edges with silicone. Since electricity production itself today has efficiency levels ranging from only 15% to slightly over 55% (combined cycle gas turbine), with around 40% typical for thermal power stations, direct resistance electric water heating is typically the least energy efficient option.
However, use of a heat pump can make electric water heaters much more energy efficient and lead to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions, even more so if a renewable source of electricity is used.



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