My new favorite book, Solviva: How to grow $500,000 on one acre, and Peace on Earth has kept me quite busy this Spring/early Summer. One experiment we want to do this winter is using large plastic barrel full of water to help heat our house over night.
We placed three 15 gallon barrels near south facing windows, behind our couch. We placed a board on top of the barrels to act as a table area to hold plants.
We filled the barrels with rain water (while we had plenty of rain) to get ready for winter.
The idea is that during the day the sun will heat up the barrels and at night the heat will be released into the room, thus making the living space warmer with only using the sun.
We are not sure how it will work, but if it means we have to chop a little less fire wood, then it will be well worth it to me!
I will keep you posted this winter on how it works out!