The First Solar Heated House

January 15th Celebrates The First Solar Heated House

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 15th 1955, the first solar heated, radiation cooled house was built by Raymond Bliss of Tucson Arizona.

When we think of solar energy we think it’s something that just happened recently in the future, but solar energy is been around for a very long time.

The first scientist to explore solar energy was Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel from Paris France in 1839.

The first modern house that had integrated solar heating and radiation cooling is credited to Raymond W. Bliss. This house, finished on this date in 1955, used a large slanted slab of steel and glass to capture heat from the sun. This heat was ducted into the house. In the summer, the same ducts were used with fans to cool the house. The house is in Tucson, Arizona, and it only cost $4,000 for materials and labor!

Not a bad price considering how prices were in 1955.

Nowadays it has come to my attention how you use solar panels to be placed on your roof for electricity for your home.

The downfall with that is that panels might be free to homeowner but there’s a hidden clause fee that is part of having those panels on your roof, which could be lean on your house.

Today’s YouTube video below brought to you by user name baytonenergy shows how solar panels work.

However solar power has been around for a very long time like I said in the beginning of this story.

One of the first applications of concentrated solar was the 6 hp solar powered motor made by H.E. Willsie and John Boyle in 1904.

An early solar pioneer of the 19th and 20th century, Frank Shuman, built a demonstration plant that used solar power to pump water using an array of mirrors in a trough to generate steam. Located in Philadelphia, the solar water pump station was capable of pumping 3000 gallons an hour.

Now that you know that the first solar heated, radiation cooled house was built by Raymond Bliss of Tucson Arizona.

Explore your own neighborhood and find where solar energy is in your neck of the woods, as we celebrate the first solar heated house on January 15th 1955.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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