Garage Solar Heating [The DIY Weekend Project]


As winter approaches we are already looking for ways to warm ourselves up, even though it’s not quite that cold yet. But if you spend a lot of time in your garage, you know that a hot cocoa or snifter of Brandy will only go so far. Till you feel that chill and have to go back inside and leave your project for another day. Now we have talked about some conventional heaters, though these can cause your electrical bill to go up. (If it wasn’t high enough)

Garage Solar Heating

Garage Solar Panel

If your garage door faces south you can build a set of passive solar doors that will provide heat and light, reducing your energy expenses during winter for around $400 in materials.

Solar project resource site Build It Solar notes that plans for the solar enclosure do not block opening and closing your rolling garage door; they actually recommend lowering your door at night to help avoid avoid heat loss. You can also add a layer of thermal shades for additional heat retention. The additional doors are installed outside on the frame of your existing garage door.

For about $400.00 in materials, you can build a set of passive solar garage doors that will reduce your energy expenses and keep you warm and toasty in your garage during the winter.

These solar garage doors will not block your existing garage doors from opening and closing like normal.  The additional solar garage doors are installed outside the frame of your existing garage doors.  They become an added layer that keeps the winter air out of the garage while allowing the sun’s rays to provide heat and light.  If you feel so inclined, you can even add a layer of thermal shades for additional heat retention.

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