Promote Renewable Energy by Building a Solar Powered Home

Amanda Griscom shares the Hathaway family's journey of how they promote renewable energy by building a solar powered home.



The Hathaways (left to right: Alden, Mary, Carol, Megan and Tripp — with Piper; aka Solar Dog at their feet) promote renewable energy by building a solar powered house.
The Hathaways (left to right: Alden, Mary, Carol, Megan and Tripp — with Piper; aka Solar Dog at their feet) promote renewable energy by building a solar powered house.
PHOTO: ROB CARDILLO
Passive-solar design strategies like large, south-facing windows and thermal mass incorporated into the floors reduce the need for supplemental heat.
Passive-solar design strategies like large, south-facing windows and thermal mass incorporated into the floors reduce the need for supplemental heat.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Conventional photovoltaic (PV) panels (and solar hot water panels) are mounted on the garage. Thin-film PV modules virtually disappear on top of the house's metal roof.
Conventional photovoltaic (PV) panels (and solar hot water panels) are mounted on the garage. Thin-film PV modules virtually disappear on top of the house's metal roof.
DON BRADLEY
The Hathaways installed energy-efficient appliances in their home without giving up any modern conveniences.
The Hathaways installed energy-efficient appliances in their home without giving up any modern conveniences.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY











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