Soda Can Solar Furnace Helps Cut Heating Bills | KCUR 89.3

When residents of Westwood, a low-income neighborhood in Denver, were asked what would help them the most, the answer was simple: help us cut our electricity bills.

Engineering students from Metro State University took up the challenge. They designed a furnace that uses recycled materials, is solar powered, and costs less than $ 50 to build – and a dime a day to run.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Colorado Public Radio’s Jenny Brundin learned how the design works.

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Metro State University students Zyola Mix and Richard Anderson stand next to a solar oven with Professor Aaron Brown.  (Jessica Taves / Metro State University)

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Metro State University students Zyola Mix and Richard Anderson stand next to a solar oven with Professor Aaron Brown. (Jessica Taves / Metro State University)

Metro State University students designed an inexpensive solar oven to heat homes in Denver's low-income Westwood neighborhood.  (Jessica Taves / Metro State University)

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Metro State University students designed an inexpensive solar oven to heat homes in Denver’s low-income Westwood neighborhood. (Jessica Taves / Metro State University)

Metro State University students designed an inexpensive solar oven to heat homes in Denver's low-income Westwood neighborhood.  (Jessica Taves / Metro State University)

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Metro State University students designed an inexpensive solar oven to heat homes in Denver’s low-income Westwood neighborhood. (Jessica Taves / Metro State University)

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