Solar Energy in Buildings

It has been well known for decades that when passive solar features, such as skylights or masses of heat-absorbing concrete, are coupled with sufficient insulation and advanced windows in a holistic building design, vast reductions in a building's energy need are possible. Energy experts at the Center for Buildings and Thermal Systems at the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory state, "The nation [today] could reduce its energy use by 30—70 percent [in buildings] by simply incorporating advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies into its buildings."20 Unfortunately, because of historically low fossil fuel prices (for natural gas in particular), few homes today are outfitted with solar energy space heating or cooling systems.

Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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