Transition Mankato, MN hosts DIY Solar Air Heater Workshop in Response to Rising Propane Costs

News Release
January 31, 2014

IN RESPONSE TO RISING PRICES AND SHORTAGES OF PROPANE AND NATURAL GAS, LOCAL GROUPS SPONSOR DO-IT-YOURSELF WORKSHOP ON SOLAR HEAT

Peacetime Emergency declared by Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton in response to shyrocketing propane gas prices. Area groups know the situation is serious and have a seriously effective solution for the area. Read on..

A trip to the lumberyard and a few hours of time can save $ on heating bills.

James Dontje, Director of Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation at Gustavus Adolphus College will explain how solar air heaters can reduce propane and natural gas bills and demonstrate how a solar air heater can be built with readily available materials.

The workshop will be held Thursday, February 13 from 6-8 PM at the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) Conference Center, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato.  A sliding fee scale for the workshop is $20 to $50, more if you can, less if you can’t, with no one turned away.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
•       A short presentation on the technical and economic aspects of solar air heat, as well as other ways to make homes more energy efficient and capture the sun's energy
•       A hands-on tutorial: How to make a solar air heater from cheap and recycled materials
•       Open discussion and questions, including information on how to use a solar air heater, or how to find a ready-built one.

Sponsored by Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation – Gustavus Adolphus College, Transition Mankato, SSND Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry, and Region 9 Renewable Energy Task Force.

see this website for explanation and pictures of a similar project:
http://www.builditsolar.com/Experimental/AirColTesting/ScreenCollector/Building.htm


see this website for info on solar furnaces
http://www.rreal.org/

for more information on workshop content, contact James Dontje, 507-304-0704, jdontje@gustavus.edu

for more information about workshop location, reskilling workshops and Transition Mankato, contact Lisa Coons, Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry, 507-389-4272, lcoons@ssndcp.org

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