First, everyone, whether you've just joined our new forum or you've been with us on our companion e-mail group for a long time, thank you for being here! I am grateful for every person here, your interest, enthusiasm and helpfulness. I'm very glad you are a part of our collective journey!
Our Simply Solar mission statement is to make all the great benefits of DIY solar easily, inexpensively accessible to everyone. We are about brainstorming and sharing ways to implement solar heat easily, that anyone, regardless of DIY ability, can use to put money back in their pockets, green back in the environment and have a lot of fun along the way!
Solar is fun and the basics are simple! The sun makes dark material very hot. All we are doing is finding the best ways to use air or liquid to retrieve that free, environmentally friendly heat and carry it to where we need it.
While the basics of solar have been around for a millennia and we have already learned a lot through more recent experimentation, we often find ourselves completely amazed, astounded really, at how much there is still to learn about DIY solar. Solar is such a useful, interesting and inexpensive endeavor, I would have thought the things we are experimenting with now would have been fleshed out decades ago.
The really great news is that the fun, thrill and satisfaction of making those discoveries is left for us! Ask yourself, what other opportunities can you think of that the average person, with no particular construction skills or science background, can meaningfully participate in, that has the impact of what we are doing? We have the opportunity to help folks heat their homes with clean, free energy, provided courtesy of the sun, for a lifetime!
I've got to tell you, every time I hear folks express how thrilled they are with the heat they are getting from their collectors that they've built as a result of our experimentation, that brings a sense of joy and satisfaction that money simply can't buy! It is heartwarming!
We ALL have the opportunity to enjoy those thrills, not only of heating our homes with solar, but by thinking, experimenting, sharing and brainstorming our collective ideas and contributing to the DIY solar art. When you contribute your thoughts, ideas and experiments, you can personally enjoy that same satisfaction, as a result of the ideas we've collectively generated together.
So, that is what we ask of each and every member of SimplySolar. Please contribute to our knowledge base at least once each year in some way.
If you haven't yet built a solar collector, start there and tell us how it is working for you. If you aren't sure how or what to build, post your questions to the forum. We love to help new folks get started and we are eager to give you all the support and encouragement you need!
If you've already built at least one collector, your next step is helping us advance the art of DIY solar. That can be as simple as doing Internet searches on possible new materials to try, wandering around Home Depot, looking for new ways to build panels and absorbers, doing side by side testing, improving on existing designs, providing us with readings from a system you've built, etc.
If you are more ambitious, take a look at our Solar Hot Air absorber challenge in the New forum! We really need help with more folks performing side by side testing!
There isn't a person here who isn't more than qualified to help. If I have any strengths, they might be facilitating discussions and encouraging. I'm not a DIY guy at all, yet I'd like to think I've helped a little with some experimentation at my house here. I guarantee that you bring as much to the DIY table as I do, and likely much more!
So, please, no lurkers here! If you are currently on the sidelines, join us in the game. We need you on our team! With all of us building collectors, experimenting and contributing to our knowledge base, imagine how much farther along we will be. With all the folks on this list contributing, including you, imagine the possibilities!