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I want solar on television.  I want solar public service announcements showing people how to make any southfacing window into a solar collector.  I want to see infomercials and commercials for solar products.  I want a do-it-yourself solar series on PBS and the Home and Garden channel.

But this PSA is about wind, a secondary solar source.

Solar is civil defense and a public education campaign to show people how to use it will certainly add to our security and resilience in case of emergency or disaster.

Previous entries in this series:
Solar PSA:  Solar History
Solar PSA:  One Square Foot of Sunlight
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Your Southernmost Window
A series of programs for TV, videotape, DVD, the Internet, and other media on do-it-yourself solar

Originally posted to gmoke on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 06:44 PM PST.


Would you watch a solar infomercial?

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  •  No (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, Ahianne

    but mostly because I haven't tried to watch my TV since the vice-presidential debate in 2004.

    Sig: A rose by any other name would probably be deadly thorn-bearing attack vegetation.

    by RunawayRose on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 06:54:14 PM PST

  •  N-S-E-W (1+ / 0-)
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    So I thought since the sun rises in the east, an eastern window would be good. I just moved into a place with eastern windows partly for that reason. I see I was mistaken.

    •  East for mornings (3+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, OLinda, baccaruda

      We have forgotten how to face the sun.  We don't mark where it rises or where it sets on the horizon because the buildings are in the way.  

      A southfacing window is already a solar collector, unless it's always in the shade.

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at

      by gmoke on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 07:27:07 PM PST

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  •  I have cash in hand to make my home a solar home (4+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, OLinda, baccaruda, gmoke

    yet I am having a hard time finding a contractor that wants to do the job. I first want to bring my house down to the studs so I can put in foam insulation to make the house as energy efficient as possible. I want to use radient floor heating. I want to redo the wiring . Replace all of the lights with LEDs and if I can't use and LED then I will use a floresent. I want to replace all my appliances with energy star ultra high efficiency ones. I want to use phase change materials to heat and cool the house. I saw these things at the Solar Decathalon in Washington, DC. They charge up with the coolness of the varient tempurature of the night and keep the house cool during the day. I want to use a high efficient heat pump for airconditioning mainly as a backup. The hot water will come from an array of evacuated tubes on my roof. A super efficient water heating system that uses the sun. And finally I want to put a 3kwa solar panel array for the electricity on my southish facing roof. I already drive an electric vehicle so getting my electricity from the sun would make me fosil fuel free. Of grid and off oil. That's the way I want to go. The power of the sun. It should be for everyone.

    •  I applaud your goals (1+ / 0-)
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      and I envy your financial ability to actualize them ;)

      Have you considered learning how to do it yourself?
      Look into the community colleges or trade union schools who might need projects for OTJ experience..
      and there's always Craigslist...
      Good luck!

    •  Local Solar Associations (3+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, OLinda, ornerydad

      Check out your local solar association or regional sustainable energy association.  They may have a list of local contractors.  I know that Northeast Sustainable Energy Association does a solar yellow pages every year. You should be able to find some people who have been in the business for thirty years now in your neck of the woods.

      You can also try the Solar Energy Industries Association.  They might even have a local chapter in your state.

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at

      by gmoke on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 08:51:47 PM PST

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