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Passive Solar in the Home

Passive Solar in the Home

While solar power has become prevalent in the mainstream construction business in the past decade, passive solar design has been used around the world for thousands of years. Ceramic tiles and stones walls in the Mediterranean made it possible to keep homes cool even under the scorching heat of the summer sun. Likewise, small window

How “Passive Activities” Hurt Clean Energy

If you care about the future of the American renewable energy industry, you need to learn what the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) calls “passive activities.”  Because these important rules mean that as long as the U.S. relies on the tax code to provide renewable energy incentives, renewable energy can only grow as fast as Wall

Active vs. Passive Solar Systems

It’s a sunny, clear, fall day. You get out of bed, pour your coffee, and shiver. It’s still a bit cold, but you want to conserve energy and it’s way too early in the season to turn on the heat. So you put on your robe and open the blinds so the south-facing sun comes

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