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Passive Solar Cooling in Hot Humid Climates

When reading about passive solar, the focus in many books is on solar heating. But many of us live in places where for much of the year it’s plenty hot already! So what about passive solar cooling? For example where I live in Southern Spain, is very close to what is considered to be Europe’s …

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Solar Power for 1.5 HP Pump

Being able to run a water pump without relying on grid electricity can range from simply saving money on electric bills, to being absolutely essential if you’re somewhere where electricity just isn’t reliable or even available at all.  Solar power can also be a fantastic replacement for a diesel generator. In this article, we’ll look …

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Pole barn at sunrise

Solar Power For Barn – An Installation Guide

Powering pole barns can be quite complex for people who are grid-tied. But, what if you want to convert to an off-grid lifestyle? Can solar power for barn be a viable option? The answer, fortunately, is a resounding yes – it is certainly possible to harness the power of the sun to produce the kind …

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Diagram of a Heat Pump

How Does a Heat Pump Work for a Swimming Pool?

Heat pumps are often used in the summer to help cool a home. However, they can also be used to help keep a pool warm in the winter. Here’s how a heat pump works for a swimming pool. A heat pump uses electricity and refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. It does …

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Can a Solar Panel Run a Pool Pump?

The short answer is: yes you can run your pool pump from solar panels, but one single solar panel likely won’t cut it. Your pool pump is likely something that you don’t really think about, until something goes wrong with it. So you might not be aware of home much it’s quietly adding to your …

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Is My House A Good Candidate For Solar Panels?

The rising cost of energy has led to a lot of interest in renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. One of the most common questions people ask about solar energy is whether their home is suitable for solar panels. The short answer is yes, most houses are suitable for solar panel installation and …

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Is there enough Sun in the UK for Solar Panels?

The short answer is: Yes there is enough sun in the UK for solar panels to make sense Here’s more of an explanation: There’s actually no shortage of solar energy hitting the UK every day. There’s enough sunlight shining on just a few square kilometers of the UK to power the whole of the rest …

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