Archive for the ‘Passive Solar’ Category

Amazing Straw Bale Home Features Solar Panels, Tiny Energy Bills

August 3, 2011 Posted by

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Huff and puff all you like, Big Bad Wolf, Mary Ellen Blakey’s straw bale house isn’t coming down any time soon.

The walls of Blakey’s home in Clinton, New York, were constructed with bales of straw. The stacked bales – 1½ stories high – were smoothed with a garden-variety weed trimmer, then plastered and painted. The straw bale home is the first of its type in Oneida county.

A consultant for Syracuse University, Blakey …continue reading Amazing Straw Bale Home Features Solar Panels, Tiny Energy Bills

GlassPoint's Solar Could Help Oil Companies Go Green

March 3, 2011 Posted by

Oil companies have used steam to push crude oil out of the ground for quite some time, but a new invention recently unveiled by solar company GlassPoint could drastically change the way that steam is generated. It may be unconventional, but if it helps protect the environment, it’s worth a closer look. glasspoint solar greenhouse The unveiling last week revealed GlassPoint’s invention—a glass house …continue reading GlassPoint's Solar Could Help Oil Companies Go Green

The Trombe Wall: Energy-Efficient and Beautiful, Too

February 25, 2011 Posted by

While the methods of collecting solar energy have improved drastically over the years, some of the most effective tools have been around for decades. Case in point: the Trombe wall, made popular by French engineer Felix Trombe in the 1960s, but originally patented as early as 1881 by Edward Morse. passive trombe wall The idea behind the Trombe …continue reading The Trombe Wall: Energy-Efficient and Beautiful, Too