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NASA’s Footprints on Mars Could Wind Up Improving Your Next Home

Better Homes and Martians NASA Global Climate Change, March 4, 2015 Want to get the most energy-efficiency bang for your buck when building a house? Think about it as if you were designing a mission to Mars. That’s what Ed Crawley did when he set about building a home for his family in 2009. Of

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Debunking Solar Energy’s Biggest Myths

11 Solar Energy Mythbusters Care2, February 6, 2015 Don’t think solar works for you? You could be wrong! A lot of myths swirl around solar energy that prevent people from making a well-informed decision about whether it’s right for them. PURE Energies, an NRG Home Solar Company, tackled 10 of the biggest myths about solar energy that you SHOULDN’T

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What’s Your Home’s Minimum Power Consumption?

Your home is full of devices that never turn off. And they’re costing you a lot of money. The Washington Post, February 6, 2015 If your home has a smart meter, here’s an experiment: Log in to your power company’s Web site, and see how much electricity you use during the hour from 3 to 4

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Tesla Begins Development of Residential PV Battery System

Tesla developing battery system for houses to store solar power Global Construction Review, February 18, 2015 Tesla Motors, the US company known for electric vehicles, is developing a battery system for houses that can store solar-generated power for when the sun isn’t shining.  The claim was made by Elon Musk (pictured), the firm’s chief executive,

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Nest Thermostat Keeps Getting Better

Nest: Look How Much Money We’re Saving You! PC Mag, February 3, 2015 The Nest Learning Thermostat saves U.S. customers about 10 to 15 percent on heating and cooling bills, according to new reports. Based on two independent studies and one internal one, Nest on Monday touted the positive results, revealing average savings of $131

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What’s Holding Back the Commercial Solar Industry?

Why ‘Middle Market’ Commercial Solar Hasn’t Kept Pace With Other Sectors Greentech Media, February 10, 2015 While the residential and utility-scale solar markets post record growth, much of the commercial-scale solar market has seen relatively flat growth on a year-over-year basis. GTM Research expects that 2014 will be the first time in 10 years that

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Narrowing the Gap to Zero Net Energy Residential Construction

Valerie Eacret for Zondits, February 9, 2015 The Proposed Revisions to the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards of the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Chapter 10, and Part 6 is about as dense of a read as its title is. That’s why Zondits is doing the digging for you. While the revisions

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