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    Solar Villagers Would Only Pay $300 a Year for Energy – in Masachusetts!

    Rural Development Inc worked closely with engineers at Steven Winter Associates and architects at Austin Design to plan the community that won an award this year at Zero Energy Challenge. The Wisdom Way Solar Village homes  show just what can be done: you can have a $300 a year energy bill, even in Massachusetts. The [...]

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    White Roofs Are Green

    Come July, California law will require new residential sloping roofs to be light-colored cool roofs. Georgia and Florida already offer incentives to home owners who install white or light-colored roofs. Why? White roofs are green. White roofs keep things cooler naturally, so they save on air conditioning costs and cut carbon emissions. Painting your roof [...]

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    Zero Energy Prefab Homebuilder Takes LEED

    Solar roofs and geothermal ground heat exchange are the primary energy providers. The home is designed to produce its own solar electricity, but to be linked to the grid, which acts as a giant 100% efficient storage medium, to store any excess energy produced for use later, however, this prefab could be set up as a self generating zero home in rural areas with no link to the grid, and provide its own energy.

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