Stages of Building a Solar Powered Home:

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1- Solar Makes Sense in New England

Guide on why fueling your home’s energy needs from sunshine is a no-brainer.

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2- Build it Better

A 101 guide on green building, as it pertains to achieving the goal of having a solar-powered, net energy zero home.

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3 – Build it in the Right Direction

Guide on home building orientation guidelines such that you optimize a home for solar electric generation.

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4 – Powering Your Home with Solar

A 101 guide on how to size your household’s “plug” loads and other demands for solar, so you have a general idea what kind of solar electricity system is necessary to power your home from the sun.

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5 – Heating Your Home with Solar

Design guide and general info on how to size heat pump equipment for a solar-powered house, including worksheets.

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6 – Water Heating with Solar

Design guide and info on how to use high-efficiency electric water heating options, powered by solar.

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7 – All About the Batteries

Guide to home standby battery options for new homes.

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8 – Beyond Solar – Electric Cars

Learn how to calculate the electric usage for an electric vehicle, and include it in your calculations for solar electricity on your new home.

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9 – The Solar Powered Home of the Future… Today!

Combine all our worksheets and get a sense of what kind of solar array you need to power your home.

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