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Storm Ready Home is Also a Solar-Powered Emergency Energy Source

This storm-resistant coastal housing serves as an energy hub during emergencies.
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The Solar Decathlon, a biennial event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a good place to look for inspiration and innovation. The inaugural Solar Decathlon was 2002 on the National Mall; the latest and seventh competition was held in Irvine, Calif. this past October. 

A Deep Energy Retrofit Brings ReNEWW House HERS Score to Near Zero

The first phase of the ambitious ReNEWW House project has slashed this home’s HERS score to near zero.
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IN JULY 2013, Whirlpool Corporation partnered with Purdue University on a retrofit of a late 1920s bungalow in West Lafayette, Indiana. The goal: to create more livable spaces while lowering operational costs and environmental impacts.

Called the ReNEWW House, for Retrofitted Net-zero Energy, Water and Waste, the structure will be renovated in three phases, with each phase lasting roughly a year. Phase one, a deep-energy retrofit, was completed in the summer of 2014.

Power Your Jobsite Cordless Tools with this DIY Solar Charging Station

The key is to skip the inverter and power directly from 12-volt batteries.
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Phase 1: Standardize Your Cordless Tools

Resilient Ranch in Texas

Water, food security and land stewardship are just as important as energy independence for this Texas ranch house.
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Family and community are the focus of this ranch, creating a space where the homeowners could age in place surrounded by family, food and the Texas countryside. Nestled on 100 acres in Texas Hill Country, this artist’s compound is a colorful gem of self-sufficient living and connection with nature.

In the past few years, Texas has been plagued with drought and wildfire; the homeowners built this passive solar home in response to the changing landscape. A preliminary Wildfire Defense assessment was incorporated into the building site to minimize risk of loss.

New England Home Achieves a -23 HERS Index Score

This traditional looking New England home was designed with three goals in mind: durability, energy efficiency and health.
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THIS TRADITIONAL LOOKING New England home was designed by homeowners Elizabeth Wegner and Carl Benker with three goals in mind: durability, energy efficiency and health. The home reflects the couple’s desire to substantially reduce their negative environmental impact on the world.

Home of the Year Awards: Generation Green

Set into a mature Boston-area neighborhood, this sophisticated home offers efficient use of space, expression through form and a myriad of green features.
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DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE two or three family generations, this 2,900-square-foot home features paired living spaces on the first and second levels, each with separate kitchens and living rooms. These are highlighted on the front façade by window systems that wrap the corners of the house. An open stair with acrylic treads and glass rails winds from the basement to the third floor, channeling natural light down through the home and connecting all the levels.

Did You Hear That Whir? It was the Sound of Republic Services Southern Nevada Recycling Center Rooftop Solar Energy System!

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Over 1,750 solar panels harness the renewable energy source, generating 933,162 kilowatts of energy per year, which constitutes more than 15% of the buildings power consumption. ‪#‎recyclemore

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Reflections on Laudato Si - Concluded

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“Never before has the world had a document that so eloquently unites ethics and environmental stewardship. That is why Laudato Si was the most significant environmental event of 2015.”

“Show your work.”

Does that bring you back to your high school math class in a hurry? That phrase was a near-daily refrain in mine. It didn’t matter if you intuitively, or by sheer luck, got a math problem right. You also had to offer a proof as well. You had to back it up.

Solar Update: Did Nevada’s Governor Steal the Sunshine?

Nevada’s Public Utility Commission decisively put the kibosh on solar by capping net metering, imposing higher fees, and reducing credits for solar-powered homes and businesses.
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The Nevada Public Utility Commission (PUC), in conjunction with Governor Brian Sandoval and the State Legislature, approved new rules last month that cap net metering credits and impose monthly fees on solar rooftop systems, dramatically reducing the financial benefit of solar and negatively affecting approximately 18,000 existing solar customers.

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