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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New Shine on Hopi Homes

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May 01, 1997

Many houses on the rural Hopi Reservation of northeast Arizona rely on propane, wood, and coal for their heating, refrigeration, and cooking. [continue reading]

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Remodeling with the Sun

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May 01, 1997

The passion for passive solar is not what it used to be; enthusiasm peaked sometime in the late 1970s. Today, even energy-conscious builders focus on improving insulation and air tightness more than on how the remodeled house will interact with the sun. [continue reading]

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Passive Solar Success Set in Concrete

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May 01, 1997

Passive solar design combined with thermal mass construction is a proven technique for energy and cost efficiency. At Tierra Concrete Homes, we use this technique in our passive solar concrete homes. [continue reading]

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Tubular Daylighting for Sun Lovers

Author: Ted Rieger
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January 01, 1997

Many energy auditors have been getting questions from sun-deprived homeowners about tubular skylights. [continue reading]

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California Supports PV with Net Energy Metering

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May 01, 1996

California has enacted a "net energy metering" law that lets residential photovoltaic (PV) power producers store their electricity in the utility grid, rather than in batteries. [continue reading]

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Small PV Grows in the Garden

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May 01, 1996

Small, freestanding, photovoltaic lights are becoming more popular, as both contractors and do-it-yourselfers are attracted to their simplicity. [continue reading]

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Swimming Pools Soak Up the Sun

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May 01, 1996

In nearly every part of the country, solar pool heaters are a practical and economical way to make pools more comfortable and extend the outdoor swimming season. [continue reading]

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Building the Suncube

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May 01, 1996

Armed with a home equity loan, a contractor's license, and some knowledge of energy-efficient technologies, I built an affordable, passive-solar house in Chico, California. [continue reading]

Converging Trends

Rick Barnett

Converging Trends

Environmental Leader recently described legal challenges faced by a business coalitionsupporting the “Clean Power Plan.” Aside from ...

11 Flavors of Sustainable Housing

Shawna Henderson

11 Flavors of Sustainable Housing

Keeping track of what's going on in the world of low-impact, sustainable housing is, and was, a challenge.

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