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Special edition. An introduction to passive solar heating.

How to cut home heating costs by adding heat storage materials. Storage ideas include water storage, masonry, and chemical compounds.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Oct 1984 (v.62#10) pg. 21

Turn to the sun. A primer on solar heating.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1980 (v.3#12) pg. 17

How the do-it-yourselfer can build an effective solar system.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #201 Sep 1979 (v.29#7) pg. 8

How the vents work in a Trombe wall and where they should be placed.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #6 Dec 1981-Jan 1982 pg. 12

An AirCore floor. Heat from a solar room is pushed through the hollow cores of concrete blocks to heat a room. The concrete blocks serve as the floor of a room addition.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #30 Dec 1985-Jan 1986 pg. 50

Tips on constructing a large basement-level tank to store solar-heated water for heating purposes.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #67 Apr-May 1991 pg. 12

An introduction to solar heating. Both passive and active system are described.
HANDY ANDY Mar 1978 (v.2#6) pg. 6

Basics of solar energy. Part 1. A short course in controlling solar energy and how to apply solar technology to your home.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Mar-Apr 1979 (v.4#2) pg. 46

Basics of solar energy. Part 2. Solar collectors. Covers principles, construction, orientation, tilt, and mountings.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1979 (v.4#3) pg. 77

Basics of solar energy. Part 3. How solar heat is stored.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1979 (v.4#4) pg. 102

Basics of solar energy. Part 4. A look at distribution systems.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1979 (v.4#5) pg. 122

How to avoid the "solar sorrows". What's important to look for in both air-to-air and liquid solar heating systems.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1980 (v.5#3) pg. 100

Two ways to get passive solar heating. (1) Install an add-on greenhouse. (2) Cover a south-facing wall with glass.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Mar-Apr 1981 (v.6#2) pg. 102

Calculating the efficiency of solar heating systems. Basic concepts about heat storage and heat collection.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Apr 1981 (v.70#4) pg. 34

Solar heating for the handyman. Basic facts of solar heating which can be considered in new construction.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #556 Sep 1974 (v.70) pg. 15

A look at the newley invented Solar Diode which converts sunlight to heat for your house, but does not consume any power itself.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #583 Dec 1976 (v.72) pg. 31

Should you go solar this year? How to figure the approximate savings if you install a solar hot water heater or solar space heating system.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #627 Aug 1980 (v.76) pg. 42

Introduction to the use of microcomputers to control solar heating systems. (2 articles).
MICROCOMPUTING Nov 1982 (v.6#11) pg. 36, 42

How to plumb Mother's solar furnace so it can be used to generate steam.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #57 May-Jun 1979 pg. 66

A look at how a large old home was retrofitted with solar heating.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #62 Mar-Apr 1980 pg. 132

Build your own solar hot seat. A padded bench, filled with jugs of water, becomes a "space heater" when it captures sunlight coming in through a window or glass door.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #89 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 98

Ten tips on passive solar heating that were reported at the 1985 meeting of the Passive Division of the American Solar Energy Society.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #97 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 52

Adding cheap solar power to a home through the addition of thermal mass and the use of batch heaters.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #144 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 30

Charts help select between conservation and solar to lower heating costs.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1981 (v.2#3) pg. 41

Sun on tap. Part 6. Build-it-yourself drain back active solar system.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1981 (v.2#3) pg. 46

Sunshine at night. Guidelines to take the guesswork out of solar heat storage.
NEW SHELTER Oct 1981 (v.2#8) pg. 26

Is your house ripe for solarizing? Charts and worksheets help you calculate the performance of a solar space heater addition to your existing house.
NEW SHELTER Feb 1982 (v.3#2) pg. 36

Bite-sized solar retrofits. Six articles describe such ideas as glassing in an existing porch, installing hot-air boxes, installing absorbers and other simple solar heating ideas, plus sources of fans to move the heated air.
NEW SHELTER Oct 1982 (v.3#8) pg. 23

Active solar: the second generation. A look at five "rules" for sure-fire success.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1983 (v.4#3) pg. 30

How to tailor a Trombe wall (a thick masonry wall on the south side of a building) to your climate zone.
NEW SHELTER Jan 1984 (v.5#1) pg. 20

A look at what's available in solar space heating to retrofit an existing home.
NEW SHELTER Feb 1985 (v.6#2) pg. 73

Tip: Use U-shaped lengths of black plastic drain pipe, filled with water, as a heat storage device.
ORGANIC GARDENING Mar 1980 (v.27#3) pg. 27

How one type of solar hot air heating system was installed on a workshop (garage) roof is illustrated.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1982 (v.158#3) pg. 126

How to trap solar heat with your windows. How to calculate how much solar heat it is possible to trap and use in heating your home. Tips on simple heat-trapping window treatments.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1975 (v.206#2) pg. 108

Now you can buy solar heating equipment for your home. What is available and some typical costs.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1975 (v.206#3) pg. 74

Biosphere. A unique structure that is an experiment in "energy homesteading". It is an indoor environment that features solar heating and indoor vegetable gardening. Designed for cold northern climates. Drawings of the biosphere are available for $4.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1976 (v.209#4) pg. 138

A look at what's available in solar heating systems. Describes the basics of a solar heating system and looks at companies who are producing solar hardware.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1977 (v.211#2) pg. 85
Correction POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1977 (v.211#4) pg. 6

You can build NASA's low-cost solar heating system. A general description of the system and its cost.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1978 (v.212#2) pg. 106

Solar heating. How to pick the right system for your home. An inside look at how a professional might design and install a solar heating system.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1978 (v.213#1) pg. 72

A look at two solar heaters built by Don Kuntz, one for air and the other for water. Includes descriptions and diagrams of the systems.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1979 (v.214#1) pg. 46

Diagram for a thermal storage (Trombe) wall which could be incorporated into a house during construction or as part of a room addition.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1980 (v.217#2) pg. 50

Clever places to hide heat-storing salts (Glauber's salt mix).
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1983 (v.222#1) pg. 82

Vertical glass is shown to be better than slanted glass for passive solar heating.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1983 (v.223#2) pg. 70

Retrofit solar wall feeds warmth to circulating air. Fan-powered air circuit distributes heat absorbed by existing brick veneer.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1983 (v.223#4) pg. 30

How to lay ceramic tile for flooring in a passive-solar structure.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1983 (v.223#5) pg. 126

Build this solar controller. How to adapt basic electronics to solar heating in home and industry.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Dec 1978 (v.49#12) pg. 35
Correction RADIO-ELECTRONICS Sep 1979 (v.50#9) pg. 22

Tips on making a window insert which provides see-through solar heat.
SUNSET Jan 1984 (v.172#1) pg. 81

Tips on how and when solar heating may be integrated into a conventional hot water or hot air whole-house heating system.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1979 (v.35#2) pg. 10

Solar window in A-frame styled building heats both the house and the water. Basic dimensions and features are illustrated.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1979 (v.35#5) pg. 90

Custom-built table conceals a squirrel cage blower which pushes room air through an exterior, wall-mounted solar heater.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1985 (v.41#5) pg. 47