Monday, November 28, 2011
Solar Heating the Cabin
We are pretty lucky because the previous owners who built this cabin spent considerable time planning how to site it. They tracked the sun's path during different seasons to determine how to manage the sun's heat, so in the winter the sun comes through those three windows and warms the living room and in the summer when the sun is higher in the sky. we stay cool.
Since this area gets about 310 days of sunshine a year, using solar is a no-brainer, and the cabin, with its passive solar design, was a smart move. Once the sun is up, we usually don't even need to use the wood stove or the propane for heat.
If it's cloudy, like in the photo below, Tom uses some of his wood supply to warm up the place, and the Airlock logs with their hollow centers act as insulation to keep it toasty inside.
Ms. Pearl and Miss Bonnie love the sun, too, and have found the perfect place to enjoy it.