Self-Reliance

Build Your Own Solar Thermal Panel

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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.

A solar thermal collector is a solar collector designed to collect heat by absorbing sunlight. A collector is a device for converting the energy in sunlight, or solar radiation, into a more usable or storable form.


Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food

Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.

Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.

Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.

Learn How to Make Pemmican

How To Make Pemmican: The Original Survival Food - If you're living through a disaster where you're on your feet a lot and don't have time to cook, one of the best foods you can eat is pemmican. It's packed full of fat and protein and can give you lots of steady energy throughout the day.

People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.

These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call “survival skills” now.

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