solar supplemental heat
We were considering purchasing a pellet stove for a 1500 sq. ft. first floor area as a supplement to oil-fueled forced hot water baseboard heat. The oil is getting expensive and also we have an elderly parent who needs this first floor area warmer in the winter (without turning up the oil heat to 72!). I am not fully sold on the pellet stove after hearing about pellet price hikes in New England, potential pellet shortages, and stove cost and maintenance. I would love to figure out how to use our south-facing home (Colonial style) to add solar for additional heat without it costing many thousands of dollars. I've been reading about solar space heating, but the front of the house faces south and has many windows - not much flat space for panels. However, the yard itself is pretty much in full south-facing sun all day. We could possibly do just some space heating for the bedroom of the elderly parent. Is there some way to put panels on the ground in the yard (not attached to the house) and connect them to run interior electric space heaters? I need some ideas. Thanks.