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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Modeling Smart Homes

Author: Aaron Ewerdt
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March 09, 2008

When Solaris Home Systems was founded in Chicago in 2003, our main focus was home automation systems—lighting, HVAC, security, entertainment, and so on. We quickly realized that home automation systems could do more than ... [continue reading]

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Keeping Cool at the Third Solar Decathlon

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January 27, 2008

Anyone interested in the latest earth-friendly heating, cooling, appliance, and other home energy technologies should check out the Solar Decathlon, a biennial event sponsored by DOE that invites teams from colleges and universities around the ... [continue reading]

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SolarSmart Homes Sell Faster

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 2008

The housing industry may be in a slump in parts of the country, but in and around Sacramento, California, one type of housing is selling at twice the rate of its competitors—the SolarSmart ... [continue reading]

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Moving from Energy Efficiency to Carbon Footprint

Author: Greg Thomas
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January 01, 2008

I have been in the energy efficiency and renewable energy business for almost 30 years, and I am seeing more rapid change now in this industry than ever before. More and more people understand that energy ... [continue reading]

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Zero Peak Homes: Real Homes, Real Savings

Author: Ryan Kerr
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January 01, 2008

A net-zero energy home (ZEH) has become a familiar construct to most Home Energy readers. But what we at the Building Industry Research Alliance (BIRA) have learned as we have worked to make this concept ... [continue reading]

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When Time-Of-Use Costs Too Much

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September 04, 2007

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) has run into some unexpected hurdles for certain residential customers planning to install PV modules on their homes.  Under the terms for those requesting rebates, households are required to ... [continue reading]

Top US Cities Considered the Most Energy Efficient

Sandra Wood

Top US Cities Considered the Most Energy Efficient

Many people recognize the need for increased efforts to reduce energy consumption and make communities cleaner. As cities strive to ...

Speaking the Same Language: The Importance of Open Standards in Energy Efficiency

Dave Yeager

Speaking the Same Language: The Importance of Open Standards in Energy Efficiency

Open standards provide the backbone for many markets and industries. The Internet itself could not exist without the collaborative, agreed-upon ...

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