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Sustainability in the Suburbs

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Built with the sun in mind, this house cut its electric bill to $35 from $150 by installing PV! 

Our Success Story by Jim Clauson

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To reduce the work of wood and protect against fossil fuel price increases, Homeowner invests in Geothermal and Solar Electric.

What is a Whole House Energy Audit?

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Ron gives an insider's view of what is involved when they take a look at your house.

100% Solar Home: Solar Access

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Here is how to be sure you will have the sun you need for that solar home or addition.

100% Solar Home - Energy Analysis

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Can the sun provide enough energy to heat our house?

Solar Concept - Entrance

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Thinking about your entrance has as much to do with comfort and convenience as energy.

Solar Concept: Active Area

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Here is a solar concept that improves comfort and reduces cost!

Solar Concept: Location of Spaces

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After shape, we were able to locate our spaces, always keeping the sun in mind!

Solar Concept: Area, Volume & Shape

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The first concept I considered was the overall shape and how that effected heat loss.

Solar Home: Design Philosophy

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Here are some of the philosophies I used to help me think differently when designing our home.

100% Solar Home: First Impressions

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Here are some of my first impressions about the sun, comfort and energy requirements.

How Much Hot Water?

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If you can't measure it, you can't improve it. What if you have no idea?

Center for Applied Building Science

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A new initiative in Troy, NY to learn and teach how to build homes that use less energy.

DIY or Not: Stove Pipe Air Sealing

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Here is a safe way to seal the pesky and leaky gap around stove pipe.

Solar Dome Home

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Collection of triangles has solar and manufacturing advantage!

Suburban Home Going Green

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Insulation upgrades, geothermal heat pump, low VOC paints, and many gardening projects make this house greener than ever.

PV, Hybrid Water Heater and Wood Stove

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Tim substitutes local fire wood, a little labor and technology for a lot of oil.

Making an Older Home Energy Efficient

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You don't have to build a new house to be energy efficient. Here is what we did!

Sustainable Living is a State of Mind

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Long-time off-grid, homesteader and philosopher shares his thoughts and home on Solar Tour.

Introducing SIPs and the company, BuildGreen SIPs

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Learn about the advantages of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and our local manufacturer.

CHOOSING TO BUILD ‘GREEN’ - Why & How

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Making green choices means healthy, eduring and sustainable - not expensive.

The Not So Magical Geothermal Heat Pumps

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Some think it is magic, but it’s not. Take a glance into the Process and History of this marvelous invention.

Calculate and Measure R-Values

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Engineer shows how to measure wall's actual R-value based on inside/outside temperatures. Very interesting!

Buying a House? Energy Matters!

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Add energy to your check list when buying a home and you may save thousands of dollars on your next purchase.

LED Lighting is Here

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Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are the most energy efficient way to produce light at home or office.

I Wish Houses Like This Wouldn’t Make the News

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We should publicize homes that people and builders should dream of and strive for, not this. 

Yes a Comfortable Home! But at What Cost?

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For almost everyone it can cost less to be just as comfortable. A home energy audit will show the opportunities.

Choices, Choices, Choices

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The materials you choose for your new home can made a huge difference for years to come.  Some good ideas and why.

Tina Clarke on Transition and Positive Energy Home

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Tina Clarke introduces Transition Town and discusses building her Net Zero Home-Power home to nearly 100 in Greenwich.

Zero Energy Power-House

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Creating Your Path to Energy Independence and a Resilient Lifestyle. An informative presentation by Tina Clarke. 11/16/11 Greenwich, NY.

Electric Heat?

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I'm often asked about the practicality of electric space heaters. Surprisingly they do have a place - a small place in our heating strategy!

Thinking Inside a Box

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Read how high thermal mass can reduce your energy costs and increase your comfort

Seven Mistakes that Cost Comfort!

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The seven mistakes that make your home feel less than wonderful and what you can do about it.

The Hudson Passive Project and Dennis Wedlick, Architect

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Who said energy conser-vation was frumpy and boring? The Hudson Passive Project is a thing of beauty. Its architect is committed to a better way.

Goodbye Gutter Glacier

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Do you remember the gigantic glacier like ice dams we had last winter? Well, now is the time to prevent them coming back.

Consumers Guide to High Performance Boilers

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Choosing the right boiler for your home or business can be confusing.  Every heating contractor you talk to will tell you theirs is the best. So, who do you believe?