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A house without a furnace?!

Help me understand the heating and cooling system of this house we just toured. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jan 9, 2015 - 25 answers

Which solar systems should I consider?

We're building a new house and have a roof with plenty of space for number of solar panels, most likely photo-voltaic electric ones. But I'm hard-pressed to find a thorough *current* analysis discussing the pros and cons of various schemes for the systems. [more inside]
posted by wkearney99 on Nov 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Somebody wants to put something on your roof: You say...

Commercial landlords/property management: You are approached by a solar power company or a wireless telecom company that wants to lease space on your roof. Can you list in order of importance (to you and your firm) the issues that you want to be fully informed about and cover point by point in negotiations and any potential lease? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Nov 2, 2012 - 3 answers

What is the current status of energy self-sufficiency for a homeowner in 2012?

I have a home in Louisville, Kentucky that I want to possibly put solar panels on but I need to know the whole process for 2012. i have read where solar panels cost are lower now given the glut from China.
posted by usermac on Oct 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Solar powered USB help?

Calling all electrical engineers! Need some clarity on how to figure out solar charging rates and consumption of a USB device... [more inside]
posted by griffey on Sep 8, 2012 - 3 answers

How does electricity work?

I need a primer on how (electrical) power works. [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance on Aug 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Single-family home energy advances?

Home energy advances. Are there any new developments I should know about as I'm about to move into an older single-family home after 13 years of living in an apartment? It is a gas/electric home with heavy tree shade.
posted by usermac on Jul 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Should we lease land for a solar farm?

Should we lease our land to a solar energy company? We were approached by a solar energy company that wants to lease 5 acres of our family (3 generations) land in Ontario, Canada for solar collectors. We are having some lawyers and other folks make recommendations and look over contracts, etc. What sort of things might we be missing? Will our neighbors hate us? In 10 years, what will make us say, "didn't see that coming?"
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes on Aug 14, 2011 - 16 answers

Learning about Solar Power

I want to look into planning a solar panel solution for my home, as electricity has hit 50c/kwh and doesn't look like it's ever going down. Where are the best resources online to learn about the various options and techniques? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Jun 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Solar window treatment options

I have a bunch of thin, old, south- & west-facing windows that need energy-efficiency treatment. I got estimates for both solar film and solar screens, and the cost seems pretty comparable, although I may be able to get the screens a bit cheaper. What's my best option, bang-for-the-buck-wise? And is direct sunlight-blocking actually the most important factor, or does heat leak in/out through thin windows regardless of the light striking them? [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on Apr 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Solar panels on the roof?

I want to install solar panels when I replace my roof next summer. What do I need to know about manufacturers, incentives, and costs? I am in Washington state. [more inside]
posted by bq on Dec 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Comparison of different green energy solutions

Comparison of carbon reduction/energy efficiency/ cost-benefit of rain water tanks V solar heating V waste water reclamation? [more inside]
posted by parryb on Oct 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Here comes the sun.

I'm doing some preliminary research into what it would take to run a garage on solar power. This, of course, means using a solar array to power the heavy duty shop equipment that runs on 220. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Aug 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Why are solar panels/systems so expensive?

Why are solar panels for the home so expensive? What makes them out of reach for most consumers-the technology, the difficulty of installation, or the parts needed to build them? What would be the key to making them as cheap as buying a microwave for example?
posted by ~Sushma~ on Jun 27, 2010 - 14 answers

How to long until we hit 1.21 gigawatts?

How can we present instantaneous stats on our energy consumption and generation in a site with a windmill and possibly other forms of energy generation? [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Sep 18, 2009 - 3 answers

Solar/ Renewable Energy Research

I am looking for research data on demographic trends of customers of companies that have opted to install solar energy systems on their buildings. My hypothesis is that companies who invest in solar will attract a more affluent customer to the desired call to action than companies in the same industry, all other things being equal. I am interested in any data pertaining to manufacturing, retail, medical, commercial office, etc. applications. Any ideas of where I can find any secondary research that has been done on solar (or renewable) energy demographics? Thank you!
posted by wts111 on Mar 1, 2009 - 1 answer

Solar Panels for Free?

I heard about a company that installs solar panels and then they take part of the energy created as a source of paying for the panels and installation...does this sound right and does anyone know of such a company?
posted by matthelm on Jan 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Alternative energy - when, where, how, why?

What would it take of an alternative energy to make a serious impact in current global energy consumption? What cost/benefits would it need to demonstrate over and above existing sources? Who would need to seriously start using it? Anybody have some good sources of information or discussion on this topic?
posted by zaebiz on Oct 22, 2008 - 19 answers

Can I install solar panels that only send the electricity back to the electric company?

Can I install/configure solar panels on my roof so that the energy produced goes directly to the electric company as a credit to my account? I'd like to install some panels, but I don't want to invest enough money to power my house exclusively with solor, and I don't want to store the power using the current batteries that are available. Thank you.
posted by GernBlandston on Aug 6, 2008 - 10 answers

I would like to know about the future of solar energy

I would like to know about the future of solar energy. [more inside]
posted by heylight on Jul 28, 2008 - 16 answers

solar powered laptop

I would like to power my laptop with the sun. [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom on Feb 10, 2008 - 19 answers

Effective/interesting domestic uses of solar power?

What domestic devices can be operated effectively on solar power these days? Know any interesting alternative uses? Wide open question.
posted by vizsla on Dec 28, 2007 - 11 answers

Going where the wind takes me.

I wish to travel the world, learning about renewable energy. Discuss. [more inside]
posted by laughinglikemad on Dec 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Anyone know a simple and cheap solar panel setup to run a small boombox about 9-12V DC?

Anyone know a simple and cheap solar panel setup to run a small boombox about 9-12V DC? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Dec 4, 2007 - 3 answers

Black Gold, Texas Tee Time!

The oil we use today was made from a biomass from a certain era. When was it, and how long was that era? [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Oct 27, 2007 - 7 answers

Screen-printed solar panels?

Solar photovoltaic fabric. I'm trying to find or recall about a particular type of technology that I half-remember, as well as find out more about the current state of the art for flexible and/or fabric and/or imprinted solar panels. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Jun 6, 2007 - 4 answers

Easy solar for the home?

Are there any easy and inexpensive solar kits for your home? Someone preferably DIY installable. (in the 500-1k range?) [more inside]
posted by mphuie on Aug 28, 2006 - 4 answers

otherwise wasted

if heat and light can be turned into usable energy, why don't we launch some collectors to orbit the sun and gather truck loads of the stuff that is otherwise dumped into space, then beam it home via microwave? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht on Aug 20, 2006 - 25 answers

Energy, Lots of Energy

If I wanted to learn all about the energy industy, what would be some good books and resources? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on May 4, 2006 - 8 answers

Solar energy alternative

Why hasn't solar energy been able to replace fossil fuels in Europe where gas is taxed so heavily? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Aug 31, 2005 - 33 answers

Solar kiln

Alternative-energy junkies : help! Solar / kiln question... [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Apr 29, 2005 - 13 answers

Why aren't animals solar-powered?

Why aren't animals solar-powered? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jpoulos on Mar 12, 2004 - 30 answers

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