Solar Water Heater North Bay Village

Posted on: July 3, 2015 by in Solar Water Heater
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Solar Water Heater North Bay Village


On an off-grid property in Philo, California (Mendocino County), Loren Amelang built a home that would help him generate “free hot water, free power and a decent chunk of free heat”.

The entire south side of his home is covered in solar capture devices: 1600 watts of photovoltaic power, solar hot water panels, a sunroom/greenhouse and a solar hot air collector. “The sunroom/greenhouse provides most of the free heat”.

Putting his technical skills to use (he’s a pioneer in C++ programming), Amelang wrote over 10,000 lines of code so that his home’s water and electric systems could be operated more efficiently and automatically. An added benefit is the ability to control everything remotely, by even just a smartphone.

Since he built most of the home himself (the person he hired to do it decades ago, spent all the money and built half the house), Amelang has made it very custom. He avoided using aluminum and plastic (except for the insulation on the wiring) and he wired it for pure DC lighting (which makes sense with solar, but Amelang also likes how “peaceful” DC lighting feels).

Loren answers viewers’ questions in more depth: http://faircompanies.com/forum/discussion/69/loren-amelang-responds-to-questions-on-his-off-grid-diy-smart-home

Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/c-programming-pioneer-hacksf-grid-diy-smart-home/

25 Responses

  1. Chen Sun says:

    This is what House should be like. 

  2. Bio Power says:

    The best video I have seen about off grid power lifestyle, thank you

  3. NLight Studio says:

    Dream off grid Home. This guy is a role model for tech guys that want to
    live off the grid C++ programming pioneer hacks off-grid, DIY, smart home

  4. joel vio says:

    cc +cristobal vio 

  5. Osman Ahmed says:

    How you gonna quiet your job cause of lights that makes no sense.

  6. Stephen T says:

    great video i am trying to go off grid i have a few videos of how i am
    doing it. thanks for sharing

  7. Ryan Ferguson says:

    This guy is amazing and reminds me of a Steve Jobs or +Sergey Brin type of
    person. What a brilliant way to approach custom building a home.

    C++ programming pioneer hacks off-grid, DIY, smart home:
    http://youtu.be/m5rM7QDi_5E

  8. Paul M Edwards says:

    This guy is amazing and reminds me of a Steve Jobs or +Sergey Brin type of
    person. What a brilliant way to approach custom building a home.

    C++ programming pioneer hacks off-grid, DIY, smart home:
    http://youtu.be/m5rM7QDi_5E

  9. Daniel Eduardo Suárez says:

    he is just a genius… 

  10. AMERICAtheBEAUTIFUL9 says:

    Absolutely beautiful location ! Good luck. 

  11. Robert Saric says:

    I wish I am that guy!

  12. Peter Zsurka says:

    I wish I am that guy!

  13. eddy edwards says:

    I wish I am that guy!

  14. Patrick Pecoraro says:

    Saving for later.

  15. anders sipinen says:
  16. Michael Bigelow says:

    I wish I am that guy!

  17. Alan Dingeldein says:

    I wish I am that guy!

  18. Florin Jurcovici says:

    I wish I am that guy!

  19. Pablo Somonte Ruano says:

    beautiful video, there’s so much to learn from his words.

  20. M Chang says:

    All he needs is wind power to go with his solar panels. He could have a
    Wind Turbine in each corner of his house.

  21. stpdaNWO says:

    sucks to not have his brain//:(

  22. ilham ainuddin says:

    Great

  23. dieselphiend says:

    This lifestyle makes more sense than a so-called, “traditional” lifestyle.
    So much so, that, numerous states have criminalized off-the-grid living.
    They want us to be utterly dependent on corporate infrastructure.

  24. gogo hero says:

    Tesla, is that you

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