Your Solar Home

The Art and Science of Heating, Cooling, and Powering your Home with the Sun.

Student Guidebook



Your Solar Home Video – 25 minutes

Your Solar Home Video is a fun and interesting exploration of the basic concepts, guiding principles and practical applications used in solar home design. An incredible amount of energy comes to earth in the form of sunlight. Every house is a potential solar collector, ready to harness this endless supply of energy and put it to work for us.
Your Solar Home Video helps to demystify the concept of a solar home, providing the scientific basis for the many ways you can capture the sun’s energy to heat, cool, and power your home.
Topics covered include:
• Solar orientation through the seasons
• Principles of energy and heat transfer
• Passive solar heating and cooling
• Heating water with the sun
• Cooking with sunlight
• Solar electricity
• Historical references & solar energy facts

Solar Decathlon – The International competition of Solar Home Design – 52 min Video

Every two years, the U.S. Department of Energy sponsors an international competition to design, build and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered home. College and university teams from around the world transport their competition houses to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to assemble a solar village and participate in the ten-part contest. This Rahus-SolarSchoolhouse produced video chronicles the 2005 Solar Decathlon with updates from the 2007 competition. It tells the story of the talented student teams, highlights their innovative technology, and suggests strategies for a sustainable future.

Your Solar Home Reader


Your Solar Home Poster

Your Solar Home Poster. Hard copy available in the Solar Schoolhouse Store
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