12/07/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

WATCH: Transition Off Oil With A Solar Domestic Hot Water System

Greg Pahl, author of Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options, knows a thing or two about weening your house off oil and the associated evils (expensive, dirty, foreign sources, etc.). He's been working with renewable energy systems for over 20 years, and recently completed the transition of a 1950s tract home off of oil completely by installing a pellet boiler, a fireplace insert, and the solar domestic hot water system he explains in the video below.

If you're looking to begin the journey to an oil-free existence, a solar hot water system is a great place to start...even if you live in colder climates, as Pahl explains in this video:

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