Chalk Hill Off-Grid CabinRustic Exterior, Sacramento

P.V. panels on the roof harvest electricity, stored in batteries, powering the well pump and other domestic needs.

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Small mountain style split-level wood exterior home photo in Sacramento with a shed roof —  Houzz
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ursular wrote:Jan 27, 2013
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    how do you clean solar panels?
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    Solar panels can be cleaned at home on your roof using warm water and soft detergent, gently wiping dust and dirt off the surface.

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Jen Dalley |||||||||||||| added this to Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?Mar 23, 2014

Will you have a solar array or rely on wind or geothermal energy? Photovoltaic panels on the roof here harvest electricity, which is then stored in batteries, powering the home’s well pump and other features.No matter what source you choose, backup power is key. If, for example, you are using solar energy as your primary source, what happens when the sun decides to take a hiatus for a few days? Some off-gridders have a natural gas, gasoline or biodiesel backup generator for emergency situations. (Biodiesel is good for those who want to avoid fossil fuels altogether.)

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Vanessa Brunner added this to Houzz Tour: California Cabin Ditches the Power GridJul 10, 2012

Since this home is currently a part-time residence, it's important that it can withstand extended periods without maintenance. The solar heating system disperses heat into the deep sand bed beneath the floors to keep the pipes from freezing.

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Satomi Hinokuni added this to TECHNOLOGYJul 2, 2017

The right building orientation and passive solar design (such as southern exposure and properly placed windows and skylights) can provide free light and heat. Studio Moffitt designed this Ontario home to utilize passive heating and cooling. A deep overhang on the south facade helps mitigate heat gain in the summer, while allowing the winter sun to heat the floor’s concrete thermal mass.

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ArkDesigns.org added this to IKEA Home - The Noah SeriesNov 22, 2016

A Site-Specific Design and a Tight Building Envelope Whether the goal is to go completely off the grid or simply strive to be highly energy efficient, the home’s architecture is key. The right building orientation and passive solar design (such as southern exposure and properly placed windows and skylights) can provide free light and heat. Studio Moffitt designed this Ontario home to utilize passive heating and cooling. A deep overhang on the south facade helps mitigate heat gain in the summer, while allowing the winter sun to heat the floor’s concrete thermal mass.

margerysinclair
margerysinclair added this to Solar Panels.Jun 11, 2016

These look flat; are they angled.

clemwong
clemwong added this to solar panelsApr 25, 2016

Stand up solar panels. Problem is that the front of house faces west. Could use in "triangle", but that area faces east

gary_ruebsamen
Gary Ruebsamen added this to Hillview Ext IdeasMar 23, 2016

Solar panels installed at ground level

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