My Experiences with Solar Electric and Solar Hot Water Systems

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My Experiences with Solar Electric and Solar Hot Water Systems

An energy management consultant since 1974, Andrew Rudin shares his personal accounts, the good and the bad, with using solar panels to generate electricity and to heat water.

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Hummingbird House: Design for Everyone Part II

March 01, 2010

This is the second part of a conversation with Leslie Jackson, Associate Editor, and Larry Weingarten, a water heater expert and Renaissance guy. His solar-powered structural insulated panels (SIPs) house combines ordinary materials with extraordinary design. [continue reading]


The Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Systems Fell in 2008

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January 08, 2010

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a new study on the installed costs of solar photovoltaic (PV ) power systems in the U.S., showing that the average cost ... [continue reading]


Hummingbird House: Design for Everyone

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January 07, 2010

This is an excerpt from a conversation I had with Larry Weingarten, a water heater expert and Renaissance tinkerer, at the 2009 ACEEE Hot Water Conference last June 2009. [continue reading]


Rightsizing Solar PV Systems

Author: Bruce Barker
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November 02, 2009

If the solar bug has bitten your client, how do you help them to select a rightsized system for their needs? [continue reading]


A Wisconsin Usonian Home: 37 Years of Energy History

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July 01, 2009

Not your average homeowners - this couple has kept energy use data for 37 years. [continue reading]


Wisdom Way Solar Village

Author: Robb Aldrich
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March 09, 2009

It takes a village in this Massachusetts community to create sustainable, affordable housing. [continue reading]


Live Like a Leaf

Author: Clara Ceppa
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January 03, 2009

The Leaf Community is the first sustainable community created in Italy. [continue reading]


Near Net Zero Energy House

Author: Wendy Forbes
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November 06, 2008

Results are in for a full year of energy generation and use at the Near Net Zero Energy house, in Colrain, Massachusetts, developed and built by Rural Development, Incorporated, (RDI) of Turners Falls, Massachusetts (see &... [continue reading]

The Consequences of Flush Toilets

Shawna Henderson

The Consequences of Flush Toilets

So there's lots of excellent work and capacity building going on, and net zero energy, low energy, and high ...

Home Control or Automation?

Clint Stevens

Home Control or Automation?

I have been involved in home automation heavily over the last few years. At my home in Utah, I started ...

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