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Winter Has Arrived

It all happens so quickly each year that my Passive Solar Home “automatically” switches itself from summer/fall cooling mode to winter heating mode. See how the macro environment helps make this happen. passivesolar1 Summer with Deciduous Trees Shading the South Elevation passivesolar2 Winter Mode With the winter solstice approaching the sun is at its lowest angle in the south sky. The next picture shows how far the sun will penetrate into a south faced solar home on December 21. passivesolar3 Winter Solstice All that is needed to have your solar home heat itself is to first: properly site it. Second, take advantage of deciduous trees. If they don’t exist on your site, plant them. You’ll be surprised how fast a sugar maple tree wi
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Sunrise Over the Passive Solar House

This will be the 29th November I have lived in my passive solar home.
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