Another Solar Myth Bites the Dust

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Another Solar Myth Bites the Dust

Way back in 1978, I installed my first solar water-heating system. I continued with solar thermal, installing new systems until tax credits expired in 1986, and I kept nearly all the local systems up and running for ...

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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]


Toward an Affordable Zero-Energy Home

Author: Robb Aldrich
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September 07, 2008

Rural Development, Incorporated (RDI) is recognized nationally as a leader in developing and building sustainable and affordable housing; part of RDI’s mission is to provide efficient, healthy, affordable homes to residents of Franklin ... [continue reading]


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More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—The Invisible Energy Mortgages in New Homes

You probably never considered the power consumption of those Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (fondly known as GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, ...

Two National Brands Join Forces Demonstrating Unity in Home Energy-Efficiency Rating Systems

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Two National Brands Join Forces Demonstrating Unity in Home Energy-Efficiency Rating Systems

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and Pearl Certification are now collaborating to ensure that the Home Energy Rating System (...

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