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Renovating Your Home for Energy Efficiency

In many ways, it is more difficult to maximize energy efficiency during a renovation than during new construction. Yet when undertaking home renovation, it is very important to make sure that your investment won’t end up costing you a fortune in energy bills. Some of the key opportunities in home renovation are: Roof design, materials and ventilation Windows Insulation Heating, air conditioning and hot [ MORE » ]

Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

In his January 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced his goal to have 1 million electric plug-in vehicles (EVs) on American roads by 2015. That same month, electric vehicles took high prizes at Detroit’s Auto Show, including ‘Car of the Year’ (Chevy Volt). Time is clearly ripe. The technology exists to meet this goal, and SACE believes that mass deployment of [ MORE » ]

Increase Home Efficiency with Geothermal System

Some drill for oil, others drill for heat. In their never-ending quest to create the model energy efficient, clean energy home, Stephen and Libby Smith have added a geoexchange heating and cooling system to their residence in Knoxville, Tennessee. This adds to their existing electricity generating residential solar system, one of the largest of its kind in the TVA Generation Partners program. “Fifty years [ MORE » ]

Research Efficiency Investments Before Spending

With all the talk about energy efficiency and a wide range of products and services now being offered, it can be difficult to determine which products and services will maximize the benefits of your investment. Whether your goal is to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support the clean-energy economy, or all three, there is one piece of advice to ensure you are getting [ MORE » ]

The Smith Family Residential Solar System

SACE Executive Director Stephen Smith recently became the owner of the largest residential solar system in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region, covering his home with 36 198-watt Sharp solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. Read more to learn how to set up a residential solar system by following the Smith Family through the process. Step 1: Make an investment With a mix of new local [ MORE » ]

Introduction: Smith Home Becomes Solar Hub

When the Smith family is home watching TV, brewing coffee or just switching on a light, they have one resource to thank for it: the sun. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s own executive director, Stephen A. Smith, recently became the owner of the largest residential solar system in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region, covering his home with 36 198-watt Sharp solar photovoltaic (PV) [ MORE » ]

First Step: Home Energy Rating

When the Smiths decided to start chipping away at their renovation plans, one of the first steps that the family took was making energy efficiency adjustments to their home, helping ensure that pricey energy was not being wasted. Homeowners have several different inspection and update options, one being the purchase of a home energy rating, which provides a standard, reliable measurement of a home’s [ MORE » ]

Step Two: Solar Lighting and Hot Water System

Following energy efficiency changes, the Smiths determined that solar tubes were needed to bring natural light into dark hallways and rooms rather than installing energy-demanding light fixtures. Seven 160 DS passive-solar tubular day lighting devices were installed in the roof, reflecting natural light into the home. At a few hundred bucks, these economical devices are an option for most residential homes, and their pleasing, [ MORE » ]

Step 3: TVA’s Generation Partners Program

Since the Smith family made their transition to solar power dependence, they have been able to produce more power than their house demands, giving them an opportunity to sell that energy back to the local utility, the Tennessee Valley Authority. They are actually able to watch their home meter rotating backward, as energy is produced by their system and put back on the public [ MORE » ]

Conclusion: Taking the Plunge Into Solar Power

With so many solar options and incentives, there’s never been a better time for residents in the Southeast to start taking advantage of solar energy. With renewable energy technologies quickly becoming cost-competitive with conventional forms of power, residents throughout the Southeast have an opportunity to transition from reliance on their local community grid to their own homegrown energy production system. While the origins of [ MORE » ]