26 Feb '15, 10pm

Going Solar and Net-Zero: The 21st Century Family Home Project

300 pounds: That’s how much coal was not burned in a distant power plant in December as a result of the solar panels we installed on our house in Wyoming this fall. Being December, it was our lowest monthly generation period, with low sun angles and periodic snow covering our panels. The Copelands’ home solar project. Photo: Creative Energies An astonishing 1,000 pounds of coal is burned to provide electricity for a typical U.S. household per month. Research shows that people most often take action on the environment based on a direct experience (Kollmuss and Agyeman 2002). In the case of climate change, ocean water isn’t lapping at our front door, nor did a hurricane recently flood our house. Nor will we ever face these threats on the wind-swept plains of Wyoming. But the health of the environment and our love of wildlife and open spaces is something that we care deeply a...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2015/02...

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