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Green and Gorgeous: Presenting the 2014 New American Home
The New American Home for 2014, nestled in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, is an “idea house” showcasing new tren...
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Pro Tips: Is Solar Right for You?
Heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U. S. home—about 54 percent of your ut...
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Coming Soon to a Rooftop Near You—Solar Shingles
Solar electric systems are appearing on more and more rooftops across America, but their pace of adoption has not bee...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Decathlon 2013
For anyone interested in the developing field of solar power, today’s a big day. Starting today, the U. S. Department...
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9 Solar Gadgets That Have Us Aglow
Backyards and sunshine go together like hot dogs and mustard. So do these cool new solar gadgets designed to provide light, sound and added convenience to outdoor...
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Solar Power Systems 101
Solar energy can be used to do all sorts of work around the house, from providing electricity for lights and applianc...
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Solar Thermal Collection and Delivery
Unlike photovoltaic systems, which convert the sun’s energy into electricity, active solar thermal systems transform ...
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Solar Power Incentives
Solar or photovoltaic systems are an increasingly popular way to offset rising utility bills — just place them in the...
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Let the Sun Shine In: DIY Solar Projects for the Average Homeowner
Interested in solar power but not sure where to start? Solar panels are becoming increasingly available to the averag...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Solar Decathlon
Today, September 14th, is the kickoff of the 2012 Solar Decathlon, and this year it’s being held in sunny Spain. List...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Hot Water
If you have a south-facing roof without solar panels on it, you’re probably paying too much for hot water. LISTENList...
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Quick Tip: Power Your Home with Solar Energy
Solar Energy: Demand GrowsWhen photovoltaics (PV) or the conversion of solar energy to electric power came on the sce...
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Quick Tip: Solar Hot Water Systems Save Money
Reduce Fuel, Save Money If you have a south-facing roof, you're probably paying too much for hot water. Over a millio...
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Installing Galvalume Metal Roof and Solar Panels
Work is being done on the roof—laying Deck-Armor and installing metal roofing and photovoltaic panels. Bob talks with Jeff Wolf from GroSolar about the photovolta...
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Installing the New Garage Doors
Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
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Tour an Affordable Green Apartment Building
Bob visits the South Bronx, NY, where Habitat for Humanity has partnered with private developer Les Bluestone to create a green oasis for low-income families that...
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Tour a Salvaged Home with the Latest Green Technologies
Architect Mary Kennedy and Bob tour her Georgian Colonial family home in Westchester County, NY. After a flood ruined the house, the challenge was to salvage and ...
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Tour an Earth-Bermed House in Upstate New York
Bob visits with architect Alan Shope who has built a unique earth-bermed house at his farm in Upstate New York.
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Photovoltaic Roofing Shingles Installed
Bob talks with Deane Evans (from the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) and Ren Anderson (from the National Renewable Engergy Laboratory) about phot...
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Manufacturing Photovoltaic Devices at the Global Solar Factory
Bob visits the Global Solar factory in Tucson, AZ to see how they company manufactures its unique solar-electric (photovoltaic) devices.
To make this reflective design, pour water into a mason jar until it is about three-quarters full then add a small sprig o... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
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