Summer Solar Water
The simple solar water heater that has gained popularity
in countrysides throughout the sunnier parts of CEE consists of a black metal
container, 100 - 200 ltr. It is placed in the sun, often in a high position to
create water pressure for a tap or a shower. It is using a simple pump, or
with running water, when available. The heater in the picture is from the
village of Periam in south-west Romania.
Glass-covered balconies like those in this picture
from the town of Stei, at Apuseni Mountains, in Romania are one of the most
common means of saving energy in towns in CEE. In many places, unfortunately,
they are the only option used. In Romania, the former communist authorities
tried to ban them, but without success. With the difficult conditions for
construction, the quality is mixed, and the appearance is not always nice.