Just over a year ago, Kevin Tofel took the plunge at his house and covered the back roof with solar panels: 41 of them, to be exact. After 12 months, they’ve created 13.8 megawatt hours of electricity while using only 7.59 megawatt hours. The energy surplus becomes a credit on their electric bill and once… Continue reading One Year With Solar Energy at Home
They are more efficient, but at what cost? A Silicon Valley startup unveiled a smart window product that gives building designers a promising new tool and improves building efficiency. View (formerly called Soladigm) officially introduced its auto-tinting window system made of a dynamic glass that tints based on building light and temperature. There have been… Continue reading Can Smart Windows Operate Efficiently to Use Auto-Tint That Optimizes Outside Light?
Gastonia, NC – Installing a rain garden became the first step for one local company that aims to reduce its environmental footprint. Customers who visit the Bimbo Bakeries USA outlet in Gastonia will get an education in water harvesting when they buy baked goods. The outlet uses a cistern and rain garden to catch the… Continue reading Bakery Finds New Use for Rain – An Efficient Use of Water