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363 solar panel Ideabooks
What Is a Living Building?
Part philosophy, part advocacy, the Living Building Challenge is pushing designers and homeowners to rethink how we live
"subsidised solar panels and solar hot water. We installed 12 panels and the hot water... how much solar panels cost? We bought a solar generator about 5 years ago for $1,800... water panels for a total cost of about $6k. The electricity generated by the panels... Step in Solar -- a vast improvement in PV technology: a solar electric generator.... tenth the solar panels, will be about one third the cost, and continues to work after..."
What's LEED All About, Anyway?
If you're looking for a sustainable, energy-efficient home, look into LEED certification. Learn about the program and its rating system here
"who has solar panels and then lights their house and yard at night like they want it... placing solar panels on our home and were quoted $30,000.00 for the installation. Georgia... installed solar panels, added insulation, used natural and lime based plasters, removed... plants, solar lighting, reusing grey water...etc...any help is appreciated. Leisa Rich... credits for solar and while you can put yourself on a waiting list, there is no guarantee..."
Modern Homes That Control the Sun
See architecture that creates shade and manages temperatures — and offers some much-needed visual escapism
"looking at solar panels this spring or when budget allows. Great article! Love the houses... and the solar panels. Great job, functional and beautiful. On the other hand, black... only see solar panels on one house here These are incredible! Thanks for sharing! I... photovoltaic panels do double duty as a shade structure for the Green Greenberg Green House... make a solar oven. Fry eggs or fingers. Wish there was more cooling with vines. Virginia..."
How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not
Documenting your home items is essential, even if disaster seems unimaginable. And it may be easier than you think
"goes for SOLAR PANELS and whole house built in generators! Ms. Raghaven--yes you need... with our solar panels. Turns out that night they had paid a visit to many of our neighbours... who had solar panels and after they were recovered we needed proof of ownership to... which the panels were laid which could show the size of the panels. They were slightly... electrical panel, major repair, redecorating, gardening and major medical expenses plus..."
My Houzz: A Surf Shack in a Hawaiian Jungle
Light Up Your Night With an Easy Outdoor Table Lamp
"— it's solar powered — is perfect for summer nights on your patio or deck... porch, the solar panel would not receive enough sun to power the light. lovemcm=Just put... lit - solar lights are very dim. I recommend paper shades, not fabric. 3. Solar... (most?) solar landscape lights don't give off much light. Not sure how bright it would... The solar lights, I buy from the dollar store. Big box stores are so expensive..."
Houzz Tour: A Seattle Home Reaches for High Sustainability
Tapping into rainwater, sunlight and natural ventilation, a Washington state home gets both green cred and a gorgeous look
"benefit from solar access and natural ventilation. This approach, along with incorporating... lots of solar panels and almost nothing in the way of modern conveniences. http:/... like the solar water heating aren't even installed? And the light globes - I think... passive solar heating. love the openness of the living room. not so sure about a window... plumbed for solar hot water preheat, which any future homeowners can easily add to further..."
Floors Warm Up to Radiant Heat
Toasty toes and money saved are just two benefits of radiant heat under your concrete, wood or tile floors
"boilers; solar water heaters; or a combination of sources. Hydronic systems tend to... installed solar panels to heat our water. Surprisingly the solar hot water system works... to have solar heat/power operate our system, and use the propane for heating and e... Radiant Panel Association. In a concrete-slab system like this one, tubing is held... Radiant Panel Association has one caution for installing wood systems: Don't use p..."
Materials: The Advantages of a Metal Roof
"nowadays are Solar shingles and panels - Think of how much oil we could stop importing if... future solar panels to 'blend'. However, now that I see the beauty of the roof and... putting solar panels on it. I just started to research laminated photovoltaic (LPV)... have a 15 panel solar array on one side that blend right in. I do have a few questions... in long panels, tiles, shakes, shingles, diamond shingles, even custom profiles, as..."
5 Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner in Your Yard
"opposite I solar panels. @bdcook - you're right, I didn't talk much about that, sorry... behind the solar water heater panel :) A partial structure on the south and west side)... with a solar panel? It may not be "pretty" but it will be responsible and practical... make the panels solid and rigid. The panels should be able to be disassembled. Allowing... noise-blocking panels for AC units. They are NOT cheap. http://www.flexshield.com.au/wp..."
Water Sense for Big Savings
"with the solar panels. All this has dramatically improved the comfort and reduced a... into the solar panels. You do not need direct sunlight for them to do take over some... generation, solar power...) and starting this year, all renovation must comply the Minergy... about solar. We bought a house in September and I am pushing my husband to install... install some Panels on our Roof. We have several friends who are very negative on the subject..."
Home Elevators: A Rising Trend
The increasing popularity of aging in place and universal design are giving home elevators a boost, spurring innovation and lower cost
"if it's solar powered, even better! My friend's runs off a solar panel no larger than... a full solar panel system. Most home elevators do provide a backup power system to... a back panel in that glass elevator that complements your decor? francinerivera --... run on solar power if required. Does anyone have any feedback or concerns?? A home... designer used paneling and a gorgeous wood door to blend this elevator in with the home's..."
Houzzers Say: 16 Outdoor Must-Haves
"by the solar panels, what's the problem, other than ensuring your lights are "night... off the solar panels and not energy from the grid. Each of these options are definitely... long. Solar options in landscape lighting are growing exponentially as well. There's... fan of solar. Loved the idea of outlets on each side of the house as well....can... safety. Solar panels. Suggestions for energy efficiency were a big theme throughout..."
My Houzz: An Animal Lover's Texas Sanctuary
Dogs, cats and horses enjoy an idyllic temporary refuge here, but the eco-minded home has a permanent place in its owner's heart
Houzz Tour: Step Inside (and Out) a New Florida Showhouse
2012 'New American Home' at International Builders Show celebrates latest materials and ideas for luxurious, indoor-outdoor living