ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

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ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

In the ideal case of an individual installation, solar panels are mounted on the southern pitch of a roof of buildings with high insolation. (See “Vocabulary” for the definition of insolation and a ...

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Maximizing the Benefits of Zero-Energy Homes

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March 19, 2007

There is an emerging trend in energy programs for new homes to shift from a focus on the use of individual high-performance components to a focus on overall home performance. Key examples of this trend ... [continue reading]

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Solar-Design Tools for Green Building

Author: Bion Howard
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March 19, 2007

Thousands of residential solar buildings, including many that use multiple solar technologies, have been built in the United States since the 1940s. Today, residential solar-energy applications tend to favor PV electric systems, passive-solar or climate-responsive ... [continue reading]

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Energy Efficiency and Solar Electricity Go Hand in Hand

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March 19, 2007

While zero-energy homes (ZEHs) are still more of a goal than a reality, near-zero-energy homes—those that produce as much electricity, but not quite as much total energy, as the residents consume—are ... [continue reading]

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Understanding Solar-Thermal Systems

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March 19, 2007

Why should homeowners invest in a solar-thermal system? It’s all about economics. With rising energy prices, many homeowners are now thinking of adding a solar component to their home, but they may feel ... [continue reading]

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Finding a Partnership Between Solar and Energy Efficiency

Author: Matt Golden
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March 19, 2007

A San Francisco business takes a holistic and systematic approach to home energy conservation by coupling clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. [continue reading]

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Suburban PV

Author: Elka Karl
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March 10, 2007

Solar PV is becoming an increasingly popular option for generating electricity in urban and suburban homes. Three years ago Niels Wolter of Madison, Wisconsin, installed a 1.3 kW PV system on his family’s three-bedroom ... [continue reading]

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Boulder Home Pushes for Zero

Author: Elka Karl
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November 01, 2006

The Solar Harvest home, built by Boulder-based Ecofutures Building, Incorporated, has been gaining a lot of recognition lately--and for good reason. By achieving 97.7 out of 100 points in an Energy Star audit, it stands as the ... [continue reading]

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A Productive Marriage

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November 01, 2006

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) found that PV systems on Energy Star homes make an impressive combination. [continue reading]

Four Factors You Need to Know About Measurement and Calibration

Frank Spevak

Four Factors You Need to Know About Measurement and Calibration

On August 27, The Energy Conservatory (TEC) participated in a webinar titled, “Meeting the RESNET Equipment Calibration Requirements - ...

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Macie Melendez

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Another really hot summer is winding down, with dramatic forest fires capping off a fourth year of drought in the ...

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