Green Gift Guide. Live off the grid, solar panel energy, biodiesel, biofuels.

We know that not everybody can live a self sustainable life, but EVERYBODY can live GREENER, and Agua-Luna is always helping you to make the conversion.. even if is just your first and a small one.

Now that the holidays are here what a better gift than a green one...


Give one of our GREENGUIDES as a gift. Perfect for the DIYers


Give CARBONCREDITS as a gift. To show that you care for the planet. Spread the word.



Give LED BULBS as a gift. This will give to your love ones hundreds on saving every month!!!

MORE GIFTS

Steffany Boldrini from www.EcoBold.com does video reviews of all kinds of household green products and has made this one of a kind, top 10 eco-friendly gifts guide for the Holidays. Enjoy!


What You Should Know About Products That Are Still Being Made With Asbestos

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Green Living Step by Step

You probably know that asbestos is dangerous. It can cause diseases such as mesothelioma, a deadly lung cancer, and asbestosis, a debilitating disease that interferes with breathing.

You may have heard that asbestos is banned in the United States, but it isn’t.  It is still being used in some kinds of flooring and roofing materials; in some automobile parts, such as brake pads; in some fireproof clothing; and in a number of other products. Should this be a concern?

Maybe.  It is thought the danger is small, but small is not zero. And asbestos has been banned completely in many other countries. Why isn’t it banned in the U.S.?

Here’s the scoop: In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency drew up regulations asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act. However, two years later, a New Orleans circuit court of appeal overturned the regulations. As a result of the court’s decision, a ban on new uses of asbestos remained in effect, but old uses remained legal.

Asbestos is a mineral that breaks into small fibers when disturbed. The fibers are dangerous if ingested and more dangerous if breathed into the lungs. There are two primary kinds of asbestos,  called serpentine and amphibole because of the shapes of the fibers. Amphibole asbestos has been banned globally since the 1980s. It is considered the more dangerous type of asbestos because, if you breathe it, it stays in your lungs longer and causes more damage.

However, serpentine asbestos, especially a form called “chrysotile,” is still in commercial use in the United States and some other countries.

So, asbestos isn’t just something found in the attics of old houses. It might be in a product made this year. Which products should be a concern?

Auto parts, especially brakes or clutch linings. Major U.S. automakers say they do not use asbestos in their parts. However, “aftermarket” suppliers of replacement parts sometimes do use asbestos. If you buy “off brand” parts to save on auto repairs, there could be asbestos in the brake pads and shoes, clutch linings, and other “friction” car parts. Don’t assume asbestos isn’t in auto parts just because it wasn’t listed on a label.

Asbestos in brake pads or other parts shouldn’t be a danger to drivers or passengers. However, auto shop workers and home mechanics do risk danger of exposure to asbestos. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has guidelines for minimizing the asbestos danger of working with car parts.

Construction materials such as roof shingles, floor tiles, cement pipes and boards, caulking compounds, and joint cements. The asbestos in these products is unlikely to break away and become airborne with regular, day-to-day use. If these products someday crumble from age or disaster, however, cleanup crews should take care not to breathe the dust.

To build with natural materials check out Agua-Luna's Build your own house

Fireproof clothing and protective gear. First, if you aren’t a firefighter, stay away from fireproof clothing or fire protection gear. Especially as the clothing and gear become worn, fibers could break away and get into your lungs. If you are a firefighter, wear respirator masks with approved HEPA filters when fighting fires or training in fireproof clothing and gear.

If you do work with such products, please don’t be complacent just because you feel fine now, seek mesothelioma treatment. It can take many years for symptoms to develop after exposure to asbestos.

— Barbara O’Brien

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SUSTAINABLE GREEN LIVING AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ECO WORKSHOP . LEARN TO LIVE OFF THE GRID ON CANCUN

DO YOU KNOW HOW?

Ever dream about leaving it all behind? What happens when the power fails next time? Will you keep riding the gas roller coaster? Economy collapse, what’s next? Can you survive on your own IF need be? Do you know how?

Do you know how to…

Stop paying for Utilities?

Live with the Planet?

Break the Boundaries?

Take Control of Life?

Right Now is the Time!

This years Sustainable Living Workshop in Cancun features exciting classroom sessions, interactive tutorial lectures given by knowledgeable teachers, rewarding hands-on local projects & lab exercises, featuring at least one element of every self sufficient aspect… Natural Building, Alternative Energy, Renewable Fuels, Green Living.


Scheduled Topics may include “How to Build” lessons like…

Solar Systems

Adobe

Making Biodigesters

Recycling at Home

Compost Toilets

Rammed Earth

Ethanol

Water Catchments

Hydroponics

Earth Ships

Solar Water Heaters

Green Living

Hydrogen Generators

Hay Bale

Solar Stoves

& so much more

…workshop schedules will be distributed before arrival.

You’ll leave with enough hands-on practice & technical knowledge to implement any of the above topics in your own life. Simply lower or eradicate your bills, even retire early, or cut your connection to the grid or society completely.


FOR MORE INFO & TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW CLICK HERE

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Mayan Rivera, one of the most enchanting sought after destinations in the world. Participants will stay in a real life Eco Biosphere Reserve, located on the Caribbean Coast of Mexico, near the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, south of Cancun. Harnessing Solar & Wind power, Rain Catchment & Grey Water Systems, It serves as a model for sustainable development today.


Dip your feet in the warm Caribbean waters of the white plain beach just outside your door; take a kayak trip up an ancient Mayan canal with a friendly Mayan Guide, or a snooze on a hammock on the deck of your Cabana rocked gently by the sea breeze. All while learning about Sustainable Living, Alternative Energy, Renewable Fuels & Green Living in the largest Environmental Reserve in the Yucatan Peninsula. Participants will stay in private or shared (2-3 person) Eco Cabanas, each with stunning views of the ocean / lagoon & access to clean bathrooms & showers. To preserve the natural essence of the Reserve, the Cabanas do not have electricity (candles will be available). There is an Excellent Restaurant on-site hosting fresh food at incredible rates. Classes are held in a Jungle or beach side learning center, 5hrs per day. Enjoy scheduled fieldtrips to surrounding destinations, while still having enough time to take in the sites, tours, Scuba dive, even visit the incredible nearby Mayan Ruins of Tulum. Life is yours for the taking; let us teach you how to take control of it. For more info visit or our FAQS


PACKAGE RATES

Package

Room

Rate

Queen**

private $1299

Double

dorm $1249

Single

dorm $119

**Couples Rate

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WORKSHOP VISIT

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Using Solar Power. How to Recycle and save free Energy

Is time to hear what other people have to say about the environment, about what are they doing.

People have come to us and say is hard to do what Agua-Luna does, but you don't have to do it all, neither change it all in a shot, start with little steps and learn from these examples:

"I feel very strongly that we could all be doing a bit more to help the environment. The world as a whole does not have infinite resources and we must make more of an effort to make people aware of this, especially youngsters.

A family living opposite me, 2 adults with a 1 year old regularly put out 6 bin bags and never seem to use their recycling bin and this upsets me hugely. My family have 1 bag and recycle everything possible. I compost all I can, buy little and often to reduce waste, try to buy as little packaging with food, drive less and am aware of trying to cut petrol usage with sensible braking etc. I make an effort to unplug things that would otherwise go on standby, turn off lights where possible and use low energy bulbs. Our house has loft insulation and the walls have been done too. I am frugal with the water we use, there are bricks in our cisterns to cut flush water levels and we shower instead of bath. My garden lights are solar powered.
I have recently been writing to manufacturers pushing to have things packaged in bags or alternatives to glass jars and feel that much more could be done by the big boys to reduce waste too. The Corona pop lorry would come round and take back empty bottles and you were paid to return them, sensible I think, why not have a similar scheme now? Supermarkets in France have battery recycling bins and this should be encouraged here too. Surely if it was made easier for us to do things like this it would help.
I am confused by the recyclables symbols on things like yogurt pots, having been told by the man at the recycling center its the wrong plastic to go in with bottles and just hope it means they will degrade over time.
I am constantly horrified at how much rubbish is lying around our small island and wish people took more of a pride in the world in which we all live. Having said that though, on the 1/2mile walk to our local supermarket there is not one rubbish bin and so there are always heaps of cans, bottles and wrappers lying around, but there are 5 dog waste bins! As a small child growing up in South Wales people did take pride in the outside of their properties and I remember ladies washing their front steps and sweeping the pavements. Nowadays I am ashamed to say I have seem people stop at their doors and throw wrappers over their shoulders onto the ground and shutting the door!
I think education is the key and have a loud voice that I would love the opportunity to have heard, thanks so much for at least giving me this small chance to rant!"
Thanks to Belinda Lewis Bird

Unplug things instead leaving them on stand by can represent a huge save on e electricity. We recommend to have your appliances or electronics on power strips to make this task easy.
You can also check out the new intelligent power strips that are being develop to save energy like checktap

Living Environmental Friendly. Start Homesteading with organic food, recycling and avoiding the toll on Gas prices

Is time to hear what other people have to say about the environment, about what are they doing.

People have come to us and say is hard to do what Agua-Luna does, but you don't have to do it all, neither change it all in a shot, start with little steps and learn from these examples:

"Hi, my name is Iris, and this is what me and my family are doing for the environment. First we live near our jobs therefore using the car less and less. We are using canvas bags to bring our groceries home. We are switching over to florescent light bulbs. Next I have taken T- shirts that no longer fit our children and are in great condition and have turn them into some cool pillow case, they are soft and a conversation piece. I have decided to turn a laundry canvas hampers into recycle bins. We are new at all this ,and we live in an apartment so this is a great challenge for us. Yet we are striving to make a difference. We try to only purchase organic fruits and veggies. We buy real butter instead of margarine, and are looking into which grocer sells meat that has no hormones or coloring of any sort. We would start a small box garden but our deck does not get sufficient sunlight. Like I said we are new at all this, and have only just started. Thanks for all your articles."

Thanks to

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Agua-Luna.com Help out in The Amazon

AGUA-LUNA.COM WAS ASKED TO COME DOWN TO THE AMAZON AND ASSIST IN SEVERAL RENEWABLE ENERGY / SELF SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS ON THE AMAZON RIVER, IN THE RAIN FOREST AND IN DEEP JUNGLE. HERE ARE A FEW PICS OF THE TRIP AS WELL AS SOME COMMENTS ON WHAT THEY WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN SOUTH AMERICA. FOR MORE INFO OR PICS FEEL FREE TO VISIT WWW.AGUA-LUNA.COM

Virgina from Espiritu de Anaconda (a Shamanistic retreat in The Amazon Jungle), Julian from The Pyramid Project (a gigantic floating Pyramid on The Amazon River), brought a Agua-Luna.Com team to Peru to help out, design several Renewable Energy / Sustainable systems for several sites. After a 2 week trip into the jungle, the sites were evaluated, gathered enough info to now return, draw up some blueprints. Agua-Luna team is eager to help, but it was determined (later proven) that an on site consultation was necessary. It was definitely worth the trip. Thanks to everyone that helped out , all the volunteer's that contributed. Enjoy the pics....

AGUA-LUNA ARRIVES IN THE RAINFOREST

After 3 days of travel Martin and Lucy arrive in Iquitos, Peru and hire a mototaxi to The Pyramid Peru Project.

MOTO TAXIS

For a couple Soles one can travel pretty much everywhere in Iquitos and there inlays the problem. Iquitos has over 30,000 of these mototaxi's (converted motorcycles) making it the noisiest city in the world. Agua-Luna will be teaming up with Pyramid Peru to convert them to battery power (Agua-Luna has made many bigger conversions already, this would literally be no problem).

MARTIN PUSHES MOTO TAXI

Most roads are dirt and as it rains every day in the rain forest they're always muddy.

MARTIN AND LUCY AND THE MOTOT TAXI DRIVER

Having lost a solar panel and the luggage on the way, Martin and Lucy were happy to have made it at all.

PYRAMID PERU

Martin wanted to make a quick stop at The Pyramid, meet Julian Haynes, the man behind the dream

MARTIN AND JULIAN TALK HYDROGEN

Within minutes Martin had a hydrogen generator built using a plastic water bottle and was showing how to make Hydrogen from water (in this case water from The Amazon River).

JULIAN PEERING OUT OVER THE AMAZON RIVER

The team was impressed with Julian, a native Brit who now resides in Peru. His dream is to build an enormous floating pyramid on the Amazon River as a place for all Shamans to come together.

JULIAN AND MARTIN TALK RE ENERGY

Half of the reason Agua-Luna came to Peru was to build a Renewable Energy system for Julian's Pyramid Project.

MARTIN AND LUCY AT LOCAL EATERY

After an exhausting few days of traveling the team catch a quick bite at a lovely Italian pizzeria "Antica Pizzeria"

Martin with an Anaconda Tribal Dancer

After dinner on the way back to the Pyramid they got stuck in a local festival.

Anaconda Tribal Dancer, Anaconda and Lucy

Lucy was not sure why she got the Anaconda around her neck.

Martin & Sebas

Sebas was our local tour guide for the night.

Lucy and a shot of Pisco

Lucy's not one for drinking, but she was told that she have to try "Pisco". It tasted a lot like Tequila to her.

Downtown Iquitos at night

Heading back to the Pyramid along the boardwalk.

Martin in The Amazon

After a long day of drinking and designing (not in that order), Martin takes a night swim in The Amazon River.

Martin & Julian talk water bottles

Martin explains some of natures finer points on such things as buoyancy, compression and decomposition. In the end he suggested 55gal industrial plastic drums filled with air or nitrogen to float the Pyramid.

Julian & Martin

One of the greatest journeys undertaken in a long time, seems to have been put into motion in order to get these to into the same room together.

Martin talking batteries

At the biggest battery shop in Iquitos, Martin asks about deep cycle batteries, which no one in Peru seems to have a clue about. "ya, ya it's deep cycle" is what you'll here about EVERY regular car battery. Then 1 month later you'll be stuck with a dead solar system and when you go back to ask about the batteries they'll say "that one was faulty". Same problems were experienced finding chargers (which were labeled "40amps" but turned out to be "17amps" when Martin tested it. It seems this is normal in Peru possible all of South America at no fault of the shop owners. The fact is distributors ship down rejects material & items to these countries.

Martin evaluaiting the 'web' structure

The structure of the Pyramid relies on structural properties of different shapes for strength, stability and longevity (triangles, heptagons and ,of course, the Pyramid). Martin and Lucy are eager to see the finished result.

Martin goes to Julian for shopping advice

Another quick stop at the Pyramid to touch base with Julian, explain the days activities running aimlessly around town searching for parts.

Martin & Julian talk batteries, highlighters & more

Martin explains the battery situation to Julian, that a solar system needs deep cycle batteries that are designed for constant 100% cycles, not normal car batteries which are designed to be always topped off. 2 days later Julian was teaching others the difference. Hopefully Agua-Luna can import some Optima's from Brazil in the near future.

Julian & Martin talk... well everything

What starts as a quick stop, turns into a half a days conversation. Lucy learned (stand corrected) that it's important to NEVER let these 2 alone in the same room together. It very well mean the end of the world as we know it. Literally.

Julian & Martin talk

To tell the truth nobody is sure at this point what they were discussing. Neither sure if somebody wants to know. From the looks of the notations on the paper and the figures on the calculator though it seems that they may be trying to figure out exactly how much food they would need to have ready to sustain the population of earth by 2012.

Another MotoTaxi ride to our second destination...

With the rain pouring now it seems impossible for the driver to see let alone make it to the second project site.

Local kids push the MotoTaxi

Local kids push your MotoTaxi for a Sol through the muddy street of The jungle.

Downhill

On the downhill parts they get a break and jump on back for the ride.

Espiritu de Anaconda

Agua-Luna team finally make it to Espiritu de Anaconda. Martin and Lucy are VERY eager to meet Virgina and the rest of the group responsible for bringing them to this beautiful country.

Julio (the guide) & Lucy

Julio, a remarkable young man was the personal guide for the some 2 weeks in the jungle. Martin have worked with a lot of locals in many countries and have never seen such raw potential and devoted Heart in a person. Ever. There's absolutely no way the work could have get done without him. Thanks Julio.

Martin & a real life Amazon Princess

Martin gives a small puzzle to Gabriela the daughter of Soi Yaca, also known as Sonia, wife of Kestembetsa, also known Don Guillermo the village Shaman and leader. (photos of Don Guillermo were not taken out of the highest religious respect.)

Martin & a real life Amazon Princess

Gabriela inspects her gift for any flaws of perfection (princesses are very thorough).

Gabriela & her puzzle

Gabriela runs right into the house to play with her new puzzle.

Sonia & Lucy talk shopping

Lucy tell Soi Yaca, also known as Sonia that a local was needed to gather the parts to build the solar system as a lot of valuable days were waisted trying with no success by Martin & Lucy. She elects to do it herself after hearing about the difficulties.

Julio & Martin evaluates every hut in the village

Agua-Luna was brought to Peru to evaluate and design 3 sites... The pyramid, Espiritu de Anaconda and the new Shaman site deep in the Amazon Jungle. Julio was with with the team every step of the way.

Julio & Martin on 1 of 30+ village huts

Martin documents necessary info on each hut for use later when blueprinting, in order to bring solar electricity to each.

Francois house

Francois asked Agua-Luna team if they could design a small RE system for his house while they were on site.

Francois 60ft water tower

Francois, a French entrepreneur now Apprentice Shaman to Don Guillermo. Martin would like to install a solar hot water heater on the very top, as well as a few solar panels.

Another hut inspection

Amazingly almost every hut is different and requires a different setup.

Yet another hut

Lucy dream of huts this night.

Fish hut

This hut is rather unique as it is the main food supply for the village. The rather large family raises thousands of river base, chickens and some rather odd birds that Agua-Luna team can honestly say they've never seen before.

Odd bird & Lucy

This bird reminds Lucy her turkeys back home, but may be closer to a peacock. It makes the most alarming sound you'd ever heard.

Jungle bridge

As most of the jungle is either damp, flooded or is a river, bridges need to be built to get to most places.

Martin & the bridge workers

Martin stops for a quick chat with the bridge workers. During the 10+ days we were in the area they had built almost the entire bridge. About 300 meters worth.

Virgina's home

Virgina, a native Austrian now living most of the year in Iquitos, is the reason behind Agua-Luna team coming to Peru and being able to help so many. As a result of her tremendous generosity, not just towards Agua-Luna, but all of the Espiritu de Anaconda community, Martin has agreed to absorb fees or costs involved with designing her home as well as the other 3 projects completely free of charge. It's just Agua-Luna way of helping out when so many have already done so much. (no photos were taken of Virgina upon request for her privacy).

View 2 of Virgina's house

The home is actually 2 buildings and will have a water tower much like Francois in the middle, to harness the system with rope bridges connecting, suggested by Martin.

Virgina's house view from 3rd floor

The Peruvian workers are fearless as they travel like monkeys through the rafters without safety equipment.

Martin at Virginia's house to floor

Martin sketches a quick pre design of Virginia's home.

The Maloca (ceremony lodge)

Martin and Lucy were thoughtfully invited to several Shamanistic ceremonies while we stayed in the village. A very enlightening experience to say the least.

The Maloca beds

The Maloca from inside.

Water Turbine

Martin guides the construction of a water turbine that will be used to power a near by hut.

Water Turbine front view

Martin explains about Rise and blade surface volume needs and the difference between alternators and generators (Permanent magnet alternators).

Martin & the Water Turbine builder Gilberto Fernandez.

Martin with the Turbine's builder Gilberto Fernandez, Agua-Luna looks forward to working with him in the near future.

Julian & Martin at the Pyramid

Yet another stop at the Pyramid in order to weld up a frame for the new solar panels. Julian gets a couple of his welders for the job.

Martin & the 2 welders

The welders prepare the steel.

The 2 welders in action

The welders make quick work of the frame, Agua-Luna team were in and out of there in a couple hours.

Lucy in the Pyramid

While the boys play with their metal Lucy gets a quick tour of the Pyramid. New uniforms and hard hats now aid the workers in a safer environment.

Lucy on the deck of the Pyramid

The triangle trusses behind Lucy will later be filled with either recycled water bottles of recycled 55gal plastic drums and sunk under water. The water line will be at the hight of the top beam appx. in a few months we hope. So if Lucy were to stay here for example, I'd be under water by that time.

Workers on float

The workers bring in more wood, poles and material daily all harvested locally to eliminate carbons caused from delivery.

Martin & the Espiritu de Anaconda's wokers

Martin explains some finer points in the construction of Virginia's home in order for them to successfully be able to install such things as compost toilets, Super efficient lighting, rain water catchment and a lot more later.

Solar installation finally takes place

Now that Sonia was able to round up all the items needed for an installation, Martin Julio and helper.

Martin checks fit of our new frame

Before final installation it's important to check EVERYTHING for fit, no one wants to be on a rough when something doesn't line up.

Frame adjustments

Upon fit check it was found that the locks that will hold the panels didn't line up, so because of time restraints they can't send the frame back out and are forced to modify what they have to fit.

Fabricating Cables

Can't find much deep in the Amazon jungle, so we were able to fabricate our own battery cables with a little welding cable & some ingenuity.

Final fit check

Frame lines up perfectly after modification & is ready to be installed along with the panels.

Final adjustments

Making some final adjustments to the panels literally takes a few seconds but can save hours on the roof

Travel to the site

It's a good trek to get to where the panels & solar system will be installed, directly South & above the village.

Martin, Julio & crew

Martin explains the difference between installing batteries in series & parallel in order to build a suitable battery bank.

Martin & Julio & visitor

As Martin & Julio calculate the angle & altitude of the solar array for the location a curious visitor comes to help.

El Guacamayo

Martin 'claims' he never even saw the Parrot but this pic is proof he did. Maybe he was just a little preoccupied to care.

El Guacamayo comiendo

At some point the bird decided that eating Martin drafting paper was a bit better then 'helping' as previously stated. As the bird tore pieces from the pad Martin didn't even move until it began to affect his math.

Lucy & El Guacamayo

Lucy tried to have him get on her arm, but she was a little hesitant to have a wild jungle parrot that close to her.

Martin the beast master

When Martin saw what Lucy was trying to do he simply pushed his arm under the bird and the bird jumped right on. Like they had practiced it a hundred times. Probably the bird didn't really new what he was getting himself into.

El Guacamayo vs Martin

After a few minutes of just staring the bird started squawking and flapping his wings and the showdown began......

El Guacamayo the Victor!!!

The Parrot struck the first and only blow, trying to decapitate Martin. Luckily Martin has a big hard head!

Maintenance instructions

After installation Lucy need to give the guys instructions on how to maintain and up keep the system so Agua-Luna team doesn't have to come back.

Conservation instructions

With renewable energy systems comes strict conservation habits. After installation Lucy needed to give the guys instructions on how to conserve the electricity so that they don't run out in a couple hours.

Bats in the Battery house

In the battery shed are tons of lively bats,Who knows if they liked the idea that they'll now have solar power or not.

2 weeks days come to an end

After a VERY long and hard 2 weeks Julian and his lovely girlfriend take us out for some drinks, just next door to the Pyramid at Nikoro bar.

A little laughter after a tough couple weeks

After 2 weeks on this project the team were literally physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. Not because of the long time there (2 weeks is actually very short for be on site), but the opposite...Martina and Lucy tried to push everything into such a short time span that it exhausted them. Actually was supposed to go to Peru and design 3 systems, yet it turned out to be more systems and an actual installation as a bonus. It was well worth it but the team was tired.

The old plastic glove on the head bit

These clowns were SOOOOOO funny. Martin and Lucy literally couldn't stop laughing, people said they could hear them across the Amazon river. To funny. They're 'Rasta Clowns' from Chile.

Lucy & a Rasta clown Cebolla

Because Lucy was yelling out 'obscene' remarks to the clowns when they were on stage, they felt it was payback time. Poor her.

Lucy & a Rasta clown

They had the funniest time with them, they made everyone laugh so much and after Martin and Lucy got a chance to talk with them and take some photos.

Lucy & 2 Rasta clowns

Lucy was told that this would be the 'best' picture ever... Not funny.

Rasta Clown

He pretended to take a picture of Martin and Lucy (next photo)... pretended that it didn't work... looked into the camera and proceeded to take one of himself. VERY nice guys, The team hope see them again one day.

Lucy & Martin (Photo taken by Rasta clown)

Martin and Lucy thanks for the great time Rasta Clowns.

Looking for a water taxi to go down the Amazon river

The next morning was decided that at least wanted to take a boat ride down the Amazon River to see some of the wild life and Indians the team heard so much about. Here Lucy was looking for a water taxi in the port of Iquitos "Nanay" (was a little crazy, good thing it was day time)

Martin with a small monkey

The monkeys would literally jump our of the trees onto visitors' head, sticking there tongues in your ears. They would jump all over you and bite you (playfully) and if there were more then 1 they'd fight on you.

Lucy w/2 monkeys on her head

The monkeys are SOOOO playful, like a kitten on katnip amplified by 10. They loved pulling Lucy's hair, Probably they thought it was a vine. They were everywhere.

Martin catches a baby Aligator

Actually the guide (far left) caught it and gave it to Martin. As small as it was Martin had a hard time holding onto it.

Monkey with his horse

When the team went back to the dock to catch their water taxi a dog came up looking for treats. Then out of nowhere a small monkey ran and jumped on his back. They walked around like this the rest of the time beeing there.

Lucy & small monkey

This small monkey was a different breed then the other darker ones. They're weren't as many of these running around. He came to Lucy and asked for her hand in marriage (probably).

Lucy & a not sure what

This little guy is a type of rodent (not sure), but he plays with the monkeys.

Lucy & my Sloth Cristina

Finally Lucy get to hold a sloth. It's her second most favorite animal (next to the koala bear). They are SOOOO slow. Not sure what Cristina is doing, but as soon as she was picked him up to take the picture she put her arm behind her head (real slow) like she was a model.

Lucy with the Yaguas tribal leader blowing a dart gun

The Yaguas welcomed Agua-Luna team into their village with open hands. Soon they were showing them their ritual dances and teaching us how to hunt with blow guns. Very impressive.

Lucy hit the target!!!!!

Lucy hit the target on the first try, dead in the center. Every one cheered frantically, so probably that was rather unusual. (Lucy is not sure if she could do it a second time though)

Treats for everyone

One thing Agua-Luna like to do when we go do projects abroad is to bring a little happiness to the kids. The team typically bring a couple bags of toys, books and candy to pass out. It's very rewarding.

Lucy gets mobbed

When the rest of the tribe heard the team had treats they mobbed Lucy. Probably they don't see foreigners to often. Neither receive outside items.

Lucy & the tribe youngsters

After passed out all our treats, they had a few moments to take some pics before needing to catch their water taxi

Lucy & some of the tribe

Again when the word spread they were taking pictures, more members wanted to come and have their picture taken.

Martin gets a photo

After 2 weeks of Lucy taking all the pics Lucy made Martin take them when they were on our 'fun time'. But she allowed him one shot with the Indians.

The End

As Martin and Lucy caught a mototaxi back to the Airport, it FINALLY hit them they were leaving. The time went by so fast, and never really had time to enjoy it. Thanks to everyone for all their help, resources and support. Agua-Luna hope it helped and can further contribute to the efforts you all are making to change things. Thanks Virginia for bringing the team out and allowing it to do what they could for your cause, it's an honor. Thanks Julian for putting Martin and Lucy up on the Pyramid and hope Agua-Luna's RE systems will help keep you on your path. Thanks Julio for all your help, Agua-Luna like to bring you out to the Ranch to apprentice with Martin, you have so much potential. Thanks all.

Turkey babies

This pic doesn't belong in the Peru album, but we wanted to let everyone know that the day Martin and Lucy arrived back at the Ranch, one of the hen Turkeys had 7 turkey chicks following her around. We didn't even know she was laying. Shows you how busy we've become the last few months. What a nice welcome home present.

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In the days to fallow I will be posting step-by-step procedures from over 40 OFF-GRID Guides I’ve written / compiled, that’s over 1000 different documents of Easy to Read ALTERNATIVE ENERGY plans, ranging from 3-step Beginners Blueprints to 70-page Builder Books (processes made simple). So that EVERYONE, ANYONE, EVERYWHERE can enjoy the benefits of Cheaper, Healthier & Cleaner World for absolutely FREE. (The resources, tips & tricks I provide were tested myself over the last 8 years here in Texas.)

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I will also be including links to purchase parts & supplies for up to 90% off or FREE, FREE unlimited online consultation & helpful hints to get you harnessing the FREE ENERGY from the sun, earth, wind & water in as little as 1 day.

THE PLANS CAN BE USED IN ANY REGION, ANY TEMPERATURE & ANY SIZE.

Project lengths range typically from 1 day to 1 month. Costs per project average from $5-$400 in parts. Compare that to similar store bought units costing thousands, not to mention the savings from no more utility bills. Your guides will pay for themselves thousands of times over.Typical tools, hardware and supplies are used, making access to parts available for all.Can you even imagine no more utility bills? No more Gas costs?That’s it, it’s that simple. You will love the info in these tutorials, that’s a guarantee. Don’t forget to check the “Achieves” on the right side of this page or Visit www.agua-luna.com for more info. Here you’ll find the newest FREE OFF THE GRID PROJECTS.

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Let me start off by saying we (my family and I) live completely, 100% “off of the grid and are completely self sufficient”

Solar chimney, solar AC, solar heating, solar water heating (pool and home), solar stove, solar power, wind power, hydrogen powered back up generator, hydrogen back up water heater, hydrogen stove, 2 hydrogen powered trucks, 1 EV (electric vehicle) and satellite internet.

Here’s a DIY step by step process, taken from a guide I offer at www agua-luna com it’s complete but if you’d like the more specific process or the pics and images go to www agua-luna com. Its pretty simple but if you have any problems feel free to contact me directly I can walk you threw the process.

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"STEP 1. SOLAR PANELS: or PV panels are the key to a hybrid system., converting the sun’s beams into electricity that we can use in the home. They come in many different sizes, shapes, power ranges and costs. We will focus on a 12v 50watt (4amp) panel, measuring appx 4 sq. ft. with a price range from $300-$500.

www.mrsolar.com ($340)

www.agua-luna.com ($299)"

"Retrieve a typical winter electric bill. You won’t need a summer bill, because by building a system that runs in winter, it’ll be proven for summer use where days are longer. Divide the total KWH (Kilowatt Hours) on the bill by 30 (giving you your Kilowatt Hour per day, or KWH/d consumption amount), now divide that by 10 (or the total average winter day hours in your area)(giving you KWH/h), now multiple that by 1000 (converting KWH/h to WH/h or watts)."

"Now that we know how many watts your systems requires, we need to know how many panels to use, along with an adequate- sized controller. For simplicity reasons, let’s use a typical 50w solar panel. We will divide your final “system requirement” results from above by 50 to tell us how many panels you'll need (hourly winter consumption watts / 50)."

"NOTE: Size (watts and feet) of panels is a personal choice and isn’t determined by any system requirements.

Mount panel/s flat (0 degree) facing south (if located in the north hemisphere). With a multimeter, measure the incoming amps (via pos cable to battery), slowly raise the top edge until the amps peak on your meter. Secure."

Materials you will need
A sheet of copper flashing from the hardware store. This normally costs about $5.00 per square foot. We will need about half a square foot.
Two alligator clip leads.
A sensitive micro-ammeter that can read currents between 10 and 50 microamperes. Radio Shack sells small LCD multimeters that will do, but I used a small surplus meter with a needle.
An electric stove. My kitchen stove is gas, so I bought a small one-burner electric hotplate for about $25. The little 700 watt burners probably won't work -- mine is 1100 watts, so the burner gets red hot.
A large clear plastic bottle off of which you can cut the top. I used a 2 liter spring water bottle. A large mouth glass jar will also work.
Table salt. We will want a couple tablespoons of salt.
Tap water.
Sand paper or a wire brush on an electric drill.
Sheet metal shears for cutting the copper sheet.

The first step is to cut a piece of the copper sheeting that is about the size of the burner on the stove. Wash your hands so they don't have any grease or oil on them. Then wash the copper sheet with soap or cleanser to get any oil or grease off of it. Use the sandpaper or wire brush to thoroughly clean the copper sheeting, so that any sulphide or other light corrosion is removed.
Next, place the cleaned and dried copper sheet on the burner and turn the burner to its highest setting.
As the copper starts to heat up, you will see beautiful oxidation patterns begin to form.
Oranges, purples, and reds will cover the copper.
As the copper gets hotter, the colors are replaced with a black coating of cupric oxide. This is not the oxide we want, but it will flake off later, showing the reds, oranges, pinks, and purples of the cuprous oxide layer underneath.
The last bits of color disappear as the burner starts to glow red.
When the burner is glowing red-hot, the sheet of copper will be coated with a black cupric oxide coat. Let it cook for a half an hour, so the black coating will be thick. This is important, since a thick coating will flake off nicely, while a thin coat will stay stuck to the copper.
After the half hour of cooking, turn off the burner. Leave the hot copper on the burner to cool slowly. If you cool it too quickly, the black oxide will stay stuck to the copper.
As the copper cools, it shrinks. The black cupric oxide also shrinks. But they shrink at different rates, which makes the black cupric oxide flake off.
The little black flakes pop off the copper with enough force to make them fly a few inches. This means a little more cleaning effort around the stove, but it is fun to watch.
When the copper has cooled to room temperature (this takes about 20 minutes), most of the black oxide will be gone. A light scrubbing with your hands under running water will remove most of the small bits. Resist the temptation to remove all of the black spots by hard scrubbing or by flexing the soft copper. This might damage the delicate red cuprous oxide layer we need to make to solar cell work.
Cut another sheet of copper about the same size as the first one. Bend both pieces gently, so they will fit into the plastic bottle or jar without touching one another. The cuprous oxide coating that was facing up on the burner is usually the best side to face outwards in the jar, because it has the smoothest, cleanest surface.
Attach the two alligator clip leads, one to the new copper plate, and one to the cuprous oxide coated plate. Connect the lead from the clean copper plate to the positive terminal of the meter. Connect the lead from the cuprous oxide plate to the negative terminal of the meter.
Now mix a couple tablespoons of salt into some hot tap water. Stir the saltwater until all the salt is dissolved. Then carefully pour the saltwater into the jar, being careful not to get the clip leads wet. The saltwater should not completely cover the plates -- you should leave about an inch of plate above the water, so you can move the solar cell around without getting the clip leads wet.

now place in the sun with the magnefied on top.
The solar cell is a battery, even in the dark, and will usually show a few microamps of current.
That’s it it’s that simple. If you’d a more detailed process and some pics (ouldn’t put them here) it’s available along with some other DIY alternative energy projects at www agua-luna com

There are several tricks to building the same size system without buying the most expensive components. Here are a few:

Do not buy for brand names, buy for price. 50 watts is 50 watts.

Purchase small panels. 3-15w panels can cost ¼ less than one 45w.

FREE PANELS: Contact your highway dept. or dept. of motor vehicle (DMV) and ask for panels off of their retired/nonworking “highway construction carts.” These panels usually only operate at 50% efficiency or less, but in most cases are completely FREE or cost just a couple bucks. You may also want to subscribe to www.freecycle.org. All items are given away for FREE there all the time, no strings attached.

Contact your Dept of Energy and Resources, you may qualify for tax breaks and/or refunds. For more info visit www.dsireusa.org.

Use several small inverters separated by rooms--one inverter for the kitchen, etc. This way if one inverter breaks, the whole house isn't without power, just that room. (Keep a spare controller/parts).

To save your inverter from operating continuously, run some appliances on DC electricity (refrigerator, water heater, etc.) Many appliances now come in 12v DC and use far less energy then 110v. (If you’re switching over from gas, I’d suggest going straight to DC.)

When purchasing parts, supplies or system components, ask first about any “display” or “damaged” items. In most cases they are discounted up to 90% off because of a few scratches and/or dings.

Buy used. Look at www.suntrekenergy.com, www.oasismt.com, www.craigslist.org or www.ebay.com where you may find “like new” used items, at 1/10th of their original cost.

Sell your excess energy back to the power company. Ask your power company about “net metering” or go to www.eere.energy.gov or www.serconline.org for tables and state law information.

Check out these books and magazines for more information on living off the grid: “Photovaltaics”, “Create an oasis greywater”, “Motherearthnews” and my book coming out this summer.

If you have questions, email me for FREE online consultation.

Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m willing to walk you step by step threw the process. I’ve written several how-to DIY guides available at www agua-luna com on the subject. I also offer online and on-site workshops, seminars and internships to help others help the environment.

Dan Martin

Alterative Energy / Sustainable Consultant, Living 100% on Alternative & Author of How One Simple Yet Incredibly Powerful Resource Is Transforming The Lives of Regular People From All Over The World... Instantly Elevating Their Income & Lowering Their Debt, While Saving The Environment by Using FREE ENERGY... All With Just One Click of A Mouse...For more info Visit:

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This is my FREE OFF THE GRID PROJECTS Blog and will instruct you on how-to complete your own OFF THE GRID PROJECTS FREE.

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In the days to fallow I will be posting step-by-step procedures from over 40 OFF-GRID Guides I’ve written / compiled, that’s over 1000 different documents of Easy to Read ALTERNATIVE ENERGY plans, ranging from 3-step Beginners Blueprints to 70-page Builder Books (processes made simple). So that EVERYONE, ANYONE, EVERYWHERE can enjoy the benefits of Cheaper, Healthier & Cleaner World for absolutely FREE. (The resources, tips & tricks I provide were tested myself over the last 8 years here in Texas.)

SIMPLE, EASY, BASIC. NO MECHANICAL KNOWLEDGE NEEDED

I will also be including links to purchase parts & supplies for up to 90% off or FREE, FREE unlimited online consultation & helpful hints to get you harnessing the FREE ENERGY from the sun, earth, wind & water in as little as 1 day.

THE PLANS CAN BE USED IN ANY REGION, ANY TEMPERATURE & ANY SIZE.

Project lengths range typically from 1 day to 1 month. Costs per project average from $5-$400 in parts. Compare that to similar store bought units costing thousands, not to mention the savings from no more utility bills. Your guides will pay for themselves thousands of times over. Typical tools, hardware and supplies are used, making access to parts available for all. Can you even imagine no more utility bills? No more Gas costs? That’s it, it’s that simple. You will love the info in these tutorials, that’s a guarantee. Don’t forget to check the “Achieves” on the right side of this page or Visit www.agua-luna.com for more info. Here you’ll find the newest FREE OFF THE GRID PROJECTS.

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MY PLANS CAN BE USED IN ANY REGION, ANY TEMPERATURES & ADAPTED TO BE ANY SIZE.

BONUS: I will tell you how to find FREE or extremely cheap solar panels.

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The methods are extremely simple, making the process possible for anyone, everyone, ANYWHERE.

There are 2 projects, 1 for The Beginner/Hobbyist (“How-to Build Your Own Solar Box Cooker”) & 1 for The Experienced/Professional (“How-to-Build a Satellite Dish Solar Stove”), facilitating different methods in constructing:

1. The Oven

2. The Reflectors

3. The Chamber

4. The Absorbers

Typical tools, hardware & supplies are used, making access to parts available for all.

Solar Box Cookers can easily be transported anywhere & are great for hunting, hiking, camping, boating or day to day home cooking.

The Solar Satellite Dish Stove can be set up simply in your back yard, cooking large meals for the whole family.

ANY RECIPE CAN BE USED IN THESE STOVES.

Both stoves can be used year round.

Project lengths range from 1 day to 1 month.

Costs per Unit average from $3-$100 in parts. Compare that to bought units at a ridiculous $500+, not to mention the savings from no more Fuel/Electric costs.

The Process

- The suns beams are caught.

- Large panels reflect the energy into a chamber.

- The pots inside this chamber absorb the heat, cooking ANY type of food placed inside.

- The chambers keep the food warm for hours after cooking is finished, presenting a nice meal when the time comes.

That’s it, it’s that simple. You will love the info in these booklets, that’s a guarantee. If not I offer 100% money back.

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN SOLAR BOX COOKER FOR THE BEGINNER

A great solar oven you can build quickly from two cardboard boxes

Experiments in Seattle and Arizona have proven that solar box cookers can be built more simply than even the simple method we have been using. These discoveries have paved the way for a simpler construction method that allows a cooker to be built in a few hours for very little money.

When we designed this cooker, we named it the "Minimum Solar Box Cooker" because, at the time, it represented the simplest design we could devise. What we didn't communicate with that name was that this is a full-power cooker that works very well, and is in no way "minimum" as far as its cooking power goes.

What You Will Need

  • Two cardboard boxes. We would suggest that you use an inner box that is at least 15" x 15" (38cm x 38cm), but bigger is better. The outer box should be larger all around, but it doesn't matter how much bigger, as long as there is a half inch (1.5cm) or more of an airspace between the two boxes. Also note that the distance between the two boxes does not have to be equal all the way around. Also, keep in mind that it is very easy to adjust the size of a cardboard box by cutting and gluing it.
  • One sheet of cardboard to make the lid. This piece must be approximately 2" - 3" (4 - 8cm) larger all the way around than the top of the finished cooker (the outer box).
  • One small roll of aluminum foil.
  • One can of flat-black spray paint (says on can "non-toxic when dry") or one small jar of black tempera paint. Some people have reported making their own paint out of soot mixed with wheat paste.
  • At least 8 ounces of white glue or wheat paste.
  • One Reynolds Oven Cooking Bag®. These are available in almost all supermarkets in the U.S. and they can be mail-ordered from Solar Cookers International. They are rated for 400° F (204.4° C) so they are perfect for solar cooking. They are not UV-resistant; thus they will become more brittle and opaque over time and may need to be replaced periodically. A sheet of glass can also be used, but this is more expensive and fragile, and doesn't offer that much better cooking except on windy days.

Building the Base

Fold the top flaps closed on the outer box and set the inner box on top and trace a line around it onto the top of the outer box, Remove the inner box and cut along this line to form a hole in the top of the outer box (Figure 1).

Decide how deep you want your oven to be (about 1" or 2.5cm bigger than your largest pot and about 1" shorter than the outer box so that there will be a space between the bottoms of the boxes once the cooker is assembled) and slit the corners of the inner box with a knife down to that height. Fold each side down forming extended flaps (Figure 2). Folding is smoother if you first draw a firm line from the end of one cut to the other where the folds are to go.

Glue aluminum foil to the inside of both boxes and also to the inside of the remaining top flaps of the outer box. Don't waste your time being neat on the outer box, since it will never be seen, nor will it experience any wear. The inner box will be visible even after assembly, so if it matters to you, you might want to take more time here. Glue the top flaps closed on the outer box.

Place some wads of crumpled newspaper into the outer box so that when you set the inner box down inside the hole in the outer box, the flaps on the inner box just touch the top of the outer box (Figure 3). Glue these flaps onto the top of the outer box. Trim the excess flap length to be even with the perimeter of the outer box.

Finally, to make the drip pan, cut a piece of cardboard, the same size as the bottom of the interior of the oven and apply foil to one side. Paint this foiled side black and allow it to dry. Put this in the oven so that it rests on the bottom of the inner box (black side up), and place your pots on it when cooking. The base is now finished.

Building the Removable Lid

Take the large sheet of cardboard and lay it on top of the base. Trace its outline and then cut and fold down the edges to form a lip of about 3" (7.5cm). Fold the corner flaps around and glue to the side lid flaps. (Figure 4). Orient the corrugations so that they go from left to right as you face the oven so that later the prop may be inserted into the corrugations (Figure 6). One trick you can use to make the lid fit well is to lay the pencil or pen against the side of the box when marking (Figure 5). Don't glue this lid to the box; you'll need to remove it to move pots in and out of the oven.

To make the reflector flap, draw a line on the lid, forming a rectangle the same size as the oven opening. Cut around three sides and fold the resulting flap up forming the reflector (Figure 6). Foil this flap on the inside.

To make a prop bend a 12" (30cm) piece of hanger wire as indicated in Figure 6. This can then be inserted into the corrugations as shown.

Next, turn the lid upside-down and glue the oven bag (or other glazing material) in place. We have had great success using the turkey size oven bag (19" x 23 1/2", 47.5cm x 58.5cm) applied as is, i.e., without opening it up. This makes a double layer of plastic. The two layers tend to separate from each other to form an airspace as the oven cooks. When using this method, it is important to also glue the bag closed on its open end. This stops water vapor from entering the bag and condensing. Alternately you can cut any size oven bag open to form a flat sheet large enough to cover the oven opening.

Improving Efficiency

The oven you have built should cook fine during most of the solar season. If you would like to improve the efficiency to be able to cook on more marginal days, you can modify your oven in any or all of the following ways:

  • Make pieces of foiled cardboard the same size as the oven sides and place these in the wall spaces.
  • Make a new reflector the size of the entire lid (see photo above).
  • Make the drip pan using sheet metal, such as aluminum flashing. Paint this black and elevate this off the bottom of the oven slightly with small cardboard strips.

Today’s FREE Off the Grid Projects is taken from my “How to EV” guide, if you’d like the complete guide with pics and more detail or if your interested in similar FREE Alternative Fuels (biodiesel, methane, solar, EV hydrogen, etc) go to http://www.agua-luna.com/

if you havn’t checked out last weeks projects please feel free to:

Hydrogen generator plans free

Free plans and information on hydrogen gas to run your car

FREE OFF THE GRID PROJECTS

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SOLAR PANEL PLANS FREE

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This is my FREE OFF THE GRID PROJECTS Blog and will instruct you on how-to complete your own OFF THE GRID PROJECTS FREE.

Build everything you need to have free energy, no utility bills and lower fuel prices.

In the days to fallow I will be posting step-by-step procedures from over 40 OFF-GRID Guides I’ve written / compiled, that’s over 1000 different documents of Easy to Read ALTERNATIVE ENERGY plans, ranging from 3-step Beginners Blueprints to 70-page Builder Books (processes made simple). So that EVERYONE, ANYONE, EVERYWHERE can enjoy the benefits of Cheaper, Healthier & Cleaner World for absolutely FREE. (The resources, tips & tricks I provide were tested myself over the last 8 years here in Texas.)

SIMPLE, EASY, BASIC. NO MECHANICAL KNOWLEDGE NEEDED

I will also be including links to purchase parts & supplies for up to 90% off or FREE, FREE unlimited online consultation & helpful hints to get you harnessing the FREE ENERGY from the sun, earth, wind & water in as little as 1 day.

THE PLANS CAN BE USED IN ANY REGION, ANY TEMPERATURE & ANY SIZE.

Project lengths range typically from 1 day to 1 month. Costs per project average from $5-$400 in parts. Compare that to similar store bought units costing thousands, not to mention the savings from no more utility bills. Your guides will pay for themselves thousands of times over. Typical tools, hardware and supplies are used, making access to parts available for all. Can you even imagine no more utility bills? No more Gas costs? That’s it, it’s that simple. You will love the info in these tutorials, that’s a guarantee. Don’t forget to check the “Achieves” on the right side of this page or Visit www.agua-luna.com for more info. Here you’ll find the newest FREE OFF THE GRID PROJECTS.

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Fallow these step by step FREE Solar Water Heater Plans to build your own Solar Hot Water Heater. The fallowing steps are how to Build a Solar Water Heater Free.

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SIMPLE, EASY, BASIC. NO MECHANICAL KNOWLEDGE NEEDED.

My guide even includes links to purchase parts & supplies, FREE unlimited online consultation & helpful hints to get your SOLAR OVEN built, harnessing the FREE ENERGY of the SUN & GAS/ELECTRIC FREE in as little as 1 day.

MY PLANS CAN BE USED IN ANY REGION, ANY TEMPERATURES & ADAPTED TO BE ANY SIZE.

BONUS: I will tell you how to find FREE or extremely cheap solar panels.

How It Works

The methods are extremely simple, making the process possible for anyone, everyone, ANYWHERE.

There are 3 projects, 1 for The Beginner (“Build your own Active Solar Hot Water Heater”), 1 for The Average Hobbyist (“Build your own Solar Batch Water Heater”) & 1 for the Experienced/Professional builder, each facilitating different methods in constructing:

1. The Heater element

2. The Reflectors

3. The Chamber

4. The Absorbers

Typical tools, hardware & supplies are used, making access to parts available for all.

Solar water heaters can easily be installed anywhere around your home & need no extra accessories to sustain HOT water throughout the day & night.

Heater are able to reach & provide heat at upwards of 150 degrees F.

The Solar Water Heaters will provide enough hot water for ANY size home.

All 3 Heaters can be used year round.

Project lengths range from 1 day to 1 month.

Costs per Unit average from $30-$100 in parts. Compare that to bought units at a ridiculous $500+, not to mention the savings from no more Fuel/Electric costs.

The Process

- The suns beams are caught.

- Large panels reflect the energy into a chamber.

- The Grid or Tank inside this chamber absorbs the heat.

- Home water lines are piped into the Grid or Tank & in return are heated to an extreme 150’ F.

- The chambers then keep the water Hot for the remainder of the night until the fallowing days sun heats it up again. Giving you a nice Hot shower at ANY part of the day or night.

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The first thing we did was collect all of the parts.

Our local dump has a coolant removal program that has refrigerators and dehumidifiers that they remove old freon from. With this in mind I found the perfect heat collector. The back of a fridge is basically a heat dispersal system, with a slight modification is can be used to collect large amounts of heat.

Make sure that the freon, or other coolant has been removed, and cut the grill off at the base, near the large coolant holder.

There was an old couch that had been run over by one of the large dump plows, the inside wood was the perfect size for the frame.

I found a pane of glass and an old rubber door mat that made the perfect backing and front.

The glass was a real find, and may be the only part of the panel that may need to be purchased. Make sure your glass is big enough to fit over your collector and have enough room to attach it to the frame.

The door mat was HUGE, so I had to cut it in half. Funny thing seems there was a lot of nasty black goo, and a metal sheet in the middle. Who knew. Remove the metal plate (or cut it in half as well) and leave the goo.

Once the backing was cut to size, it was time to start building the frame.

As you can see I sort of built the frame around the collector, leaving enough backing to hold it all together.

The frame is held on by building a similar frame on the back and driving large wood screws through the front frame, the backing and into the back frame.

I added some foil to the backing. The reason for this is that counter to what you would think, you do not want the backing to warm up. You only want the collector to absorb heat (it was so nice of the fridge company to paint it black for us). The foil will take any sun that was not absorbed by the collector on the first pass and bounce it back over the collector for another try at absorption. The glass cover will keep all the heat inside the panel for further absorption.

Light can pass through glass, but heat cannot.

Notice how duct tape was used on the inside to seal all cracks, you could use caulk but I didn't have any so I used the cheapest option. It worked well, and held the foil in place.

Next we cut some notches for the entry and return ports to the collector.

Note again the use of duct tape to seal cracks.

I got some air pump hose from the local fish store and attached them to the end of the entry and return ports.

The duct tape was applied to make sure it was a tight fit, it was later removed as it was not needed.

Next we attached the collector to the backing, using the mounting brackets that came on the fridge and some duct tape. If you wanted you could use some screws and wood, but I found the tape and the natural tension of the construction to be enough to hold it in place.

Lastly we attach the glass to the top. This serves to trap all the infrared radiation from the sun inside our panel where our collector will absorb it. Again light can pass through glass, but heat cannot.

As you can see simple duct tape is enough to hold it on. I would recommend using some sort of mounting bracket however as after a couple days in the sun the tape started to droop allowing the glass to slide off. A few screws would solve this, but I am cheap so I just put new tape on.

Set your panel up at an angle so that it catches the most sun.

Here is the gross part, put one end of the hose into your bucket of cold water, and make sure it is at the bottom of the bucket, next grab the return hose and start sucking. That's right, unfortunately you have to prime the panel by getting some water into it. This can be done without getting water in your mouth, but inevitably I sucked just a little too hard and ended up with a mouth full of nasty water. I would recommend having a friend do this part. :)

Set your cold water bucket (source) up higher than your warm water bucket (return) and the whole thing will gravity siphon. Due to the design of this collector (both ports return to the same location on the panel) it will not thermo siphon. For that to happen I would need to cut the long return pipe and have it exit at the top of the panel.

A word of warning, this panel works VERY WELL. We tested it on a very sunny day and within seconds the water coming out of the panel was hot enough TO SCALD. I burned my fingers. This very hot water is only formed when the water inside the panel is allowed to sit for about a minute without moving. If the water is moving (do to the gravity siphon) the water exiting the return pipe is about 110 degrees, and while hot, will not burn you.

The water does not flow through the panel very fast (as the pipes are very small) but that is sort of a good thing as it allows the water to heat up a lot on its journey through the collector. It does take a while to heat up a 5 gallon bucket of water, I ended up building an insulated return bucket that was all black and sealed on the top except for the port where the water tube enters. This kept the returned hot water hot long enough to be of use.

I let this guy run for a couple of hours one hot sunny day and heated up a five gallon bucket of cold water (measured at 70 degrees F) to over 110 degrees F. The temp that day was about 76 degrees F. If the water is allowed to sit in the panel for several minutes and then forced out (by blowing in one of the hoses) the water was measure at 170 degrees F. All in all we are much happier with the performance (and cost) of this panel. It performs much better than the previous one.

Our next modifications to this design will be to alter the return port so that it will thermo siphon, in this way the return hose can be fed into the source bucket and the water will continually circulate in the panel getting hotter and hotter. We have also talked about adding mirrors to the panel to concentrate more heat. Our goal is to boil water. This entire project cost less than five dollars, as I already had the screws, and the duct tape. The only thing I purchased was the air hose, which cost $3.76.

Enjoy the hot water.

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