Energy Independence, Thanks to Thermal Mass and Solar Panels

Gaining energy independence is just one of the advantages of solar energy. One California couple demonstrates how they got off the energy grid, once and for all.



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The design area for Yerkes Electric Solar.
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The south view of the 2,000-square-foot home, which uses solar energy.
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The Yerkes designed their home to use thermal mass to keep them comfortable during hot summer days and cold nights.
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Clerestory windows provide daylighting and solar heating. Concrete mass stabilizes temperatures.
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