What is a Photovoltaic Solar System, and How Does it Work?

A photovoltaic solar system (also known as a PV system and PV power system) is a series of devices designed to capture energy from the sun and convert it into power that you can use. It’s a clean, quiet, and extremely reliable way to power a home or business. In recent years, solar power has […]

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Snowmelt Systems: The Latest Innovation in Snow Removal

To say that we get more than our fair share of snow in Colorado would be stating the obvious. While most U.S. cities get about 25 inches of snow per year, Boulder averages around 83 inches. So, if you have lived in Boulder for any amount of time, you understand the kind of hassle that […]

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3 Must-Know Sustainable Design Trends of 2015

In recent years, sustainable design has been gaining popularity with architects, builders, and homeowners; individuals (especially in Boulder County) are concerned with energy conservation and sustainability now more than ever. 2015 has been a great year for innovative green houses, as designers continue to focus on energy efficiency and natural or reusable materials to create […]

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Deconstruction vs. Demolition

Many people are quick to demolish old properties when they’re falling apart or in need of serious work. However, deconstruction is a great alternative to demolition and should be considered by all homeowners. Rather than tearing down an entire building and wasting potentially reusable materials, deconstruction allows materials to be salvaged and recycled or reused; […]

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Pushing the Envelope

In this article, Paul Raymer joins CustomHomeOnline.com to speak about the information available about energy efficiency and the people providing it. The topics range from the Passive House concept, which began in the ‘70’s with Passive Solar Homes, whose technology and experience laid the foundation for modern implementation, to the Beadwall window from Zomeworks which […]

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An Innovative Net-Zero Solar Decathlon House

Since 2002, the US Department of Energy has run a competition called the solar decathlon. There are many rules for entries; however, the goal of the competition is student training and public education about clean-energy products and design, and its affordability. This past year, Appalachian State University’s entry, the “Solar Homestead” won the people’s choice […]

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Comparing Fuel Costs

Since the 1970’s, one of the few predictable things about fuel costs is that they will fluctuate wildly. This can be driven by political unrest, big swings in demand and consumption, both real and perceived demand, and various other things as the world grows ever more interconnected. Regulated energy, such as electricity, tends to be […]

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Solar Power Prices Should Continue Falling Through 2025

According to a survey performed by Near Zero, a nonprofit energy research organization,  the prices of solar modules, which are the parts of solar panels that produce the electricity, will continue to follow a downward trend that has been set since 1980. In order for the price to continue to drop, however, solar panel research […]

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