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Alternative Energy Pierre SD

Welcome to the alternative energy section. These articles will discuss ways to save energy in your home using solar power or different types of alternative fuel.
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Solar Energy Pierre SD

Each house was judged on 10 criteria to determine which most efficiently employed solar energy for heating, cooling, hot water, lights, appliances and even charging an electric car in Pierre.

Ruling Out Radon Pierre SD

It can be a homeowner's nightmare: radon. If you have radon in your house, however, a little know-how and legwork will go a long way in determining the best way to get rid of it at the most affordable price in Pierre.

Solar Water Heaters Pierre SD

Back in the mid-1970s, my father had a solar water-heating system installed on our house in Memphis, Tenn. The neighbors thought we were "with it," but like so many solar water systems back then, the equipment was unreliable. We ended up with little more than a flashy piece of junk on our roof. Solar has come a long way since then.

Indoor Air Conditioning System Pierre SD

Have you had a lingering cough, headache, nausea or feel fatigued way too frequently? It may not be a cold or a virus it could be your house making you sick. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Solarium Construction Pierre SD

The solarium addition opened the house to the outdoors, and in the process made the kitchen a wonderful place to dawdle any time of the year. Even a house with a tried-and-true kitchen design can use a little remodeling to supercharge efficiency. The kitchen of our modest cape is in an attached ell, a traditional New England design for hundreds of years.

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Carbon-Monoxide Detector Pierre SD

For the first 6,000 years of human civilization, carbon monoxide wasn't a big problem in the home in Pierre - unless, perhaps, you lived next door to a volcano. To be sure, the deadly gas has always been around and in the general atmosphere to some degree. And even cave dwellers with a fire near their rocky shelter's entrance got a bit of extra carbon-monoxide gas from the incomplete burning of hydrocarbon.

Central Air Conditioner Pierre SD

Room air conditioners have their advantages in Pierre: They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, and they can effectively dehumidify a room. They are noisier than central air, however, and generally not as energy efficient. As with many things in life, there are trade-offs when it comes to choosing a way to keep your home cool in the summer.

Clean Water Filters Pierre SD

In an era of dwindling resources, water is poised to become the new oil as the entire world now faces the reality of a decreasing supply of clean water. To avert a devastating shortage, we must not only look at alternate water sources for existing structures, we must also plan our new developments differently.

Home Air Cleaners Pierre SD

Environmental air pollution from factories, power plants and chemical plants gets a lot of press coverage these days, but some of the most offensive sources of indoor air pollution can be right in your own home in Pierre. This time of year, when most homeowners in cold climates keep windows and doors shut tight, there are even higher concentrations of indoor air pollutants that can affect the health of homeowners and their families.

Home Wind Catchers Pierre SD

The 30-foot-tall Windspire´┐Ż system can produce 1,800 kilowatt-hours of power a year in Pierre. When most homeowners think of residential wind turbines, they usually envision propeller-type systems. But two companies are offering unique wind turbines that are easy to install and are ideal for urban as well as suburban and rural residential installations.

House Plants Pierre SD

Back in the 1970s, houseplants were everywhere in Pierre. Then decorating went high-tech and houseplants lost their cachet. But it turns out there are some very good reasons for growing plants indoors, and you might want to bring some into your 20th-century home. Houseplants are beneficial in a number of ways. There are aesthetic benefits, of course houseplants add color and soften the architecture.

Indoor Air Conditioning System Pierre SD

Have you had a lingering cough, headache, nausea or feel fatigued way too frequently? It may not be a cold or a virus it could be your house making you sick. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Photovoltaic Systems Pierre SD

The man from the power company had to agree: The site Fred Todd and his wife, Ann Pistell, had chosen for their new home in Maine was a splendid one. But to bring in power from the road would take 12 poles - at $1,000 each.

Residential PV Solar Electrical Systems Pierre SD

Residential photovoltaic (PV) solar electrical systems are becoming more and more affordable in Pierre, not only because of federal and local rebate programs but also in light of ever-rising prices for oil, natural gas and electricity.

Ruling Out Radon Pierre SD

It can be a homeowner's nightmare: radon. If you have radon in your house, however, a little know-how and legwork will go a long way in determining the best way to get rid of it at the most affordable price in Pierre.

Solar Cells Pierre SD

A minute's worth of sunlight that reaches the earth's surface has enough energy to supply all our power needs for a year. But solar power is still a lagging technology -- not refined enough for widespread acceptance and requiring equipment that is too expensive for most end-users who can't secure state and federal financial incentives.

Solar Energy Pierre SD

Each house was judged on 10 criteria to determine which most efficiently employed solar energy for heating, cooling, hot water, lights, appliances and even charging an electric car in Pierre.

Solar Energy Systems Pierre SD

Imagine buying a car and finding out that the only way you can get the upgraded engine you want is to have it bolted to the roof in Pierre. That analogy is not too far off when it comes to residential solar electricity. Many homeowners like the idea of offsetting their utility-generated power supply with renewable energy from the sun.

Solar Heating Pierre SD

Since at least as far back as ancient Greece, Western civilization has been reaping the benefits of free solar heating through south-facing windows. Unfortunately, night losses historically canceled daytime gains. With the advent of insulated glass, selective coatings and window insulation, the heating equation has changed.

Solar Hot Water Pierre SD

Energy costs in Pierre are escalating more rapidly today than at any other time in history, and energy bills are squeezing budgets. The good news: Every hour of sunlight delivers enough energy to provide all the power consumed worldwide in a year. There's never been a better time to invest in systems that will capture the sun's power and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Solar Housing Pierre SD

Extreme climatic conditions can be managed inside the house in Pierre with the push of a button. In other words, when it comes to choosing the right location - if you can think it, it can be done. However, long before scenic views or the right neighborhood with the best schools became a top priority, living comfortably at home consisted of innovative planning centered around the only available source of energy aside from building a fire - the sun.

Solar Panel Installation Pierre SD

The process of installing solar panels on a home often involves several preliminary visits by an installer, who will take elaborate measurements of your roof, possibly resulting in added costs and delays caused by scheduling conflicts. However, a California company has reduced this preliminary stage of the process to just a few short hours, thanks to a simplified online system that uses satellite imagery.

Solar Roof Shingles Pierre SD

From the outside, with its rows of south-facing windows and its roof covered in solar panels, the Solar Harvest home resembles an ecologically responsible mountain inn or retreat.

Solar Water Heaters Pierre SD

Back in the mid-1970s, my father had a solar water-heating system installed on our house in Memphis, Tenn. The neighbors thought we were "with it," but like so many solar water systems back then, the equipment was unreliable. We ended up with little more than a flashy piece of junk on our roof. Solar has come a long way since then.

Solarium Construction Pierre SD

The solarium addition opened the house to the outdoors, and in the process made the kitchen a wonderful place to dawdle any time of the year. Even a house with a tried-and-true kitchen design can use a little remodeling to supercharge efficiency. The kitchen of our modest cape is in an attached ell, a traditional New England design for hundreds of years.

Sun Power Usage Pierre SD

In an effort to keep the wave of interest in solar power rolling merrily along, manufacturers in Pierre are introducing new solar panels that are sleeker and more powerful than their predecessors.

Wind Energy Products Pierre SD

Mankind has been harnessing the wind since learning to sail the Nile River thousands of years ago in Pierre. From old Holland to the old American West, wind has been used for centuries to pump water, grind grain and sail the seas. Today, wind turbines are becoming an increasingly popular way to capture wind's power to generate electricity for our homes.

Wind Power Pierre SD

There's a breath of fresh air blowing across the country in Pierre, and it's providing power for a growing number of homes. As more developers and communities discover the benefits of wind as a clean energy source, they're building windfarms and offering wind-generated energy to tens of thousands of homeowners nationwide.

Wind-Generated Energy Pierre SD

Taking energy from the wind is an old concept. Effective use of wind power dates back at least as far as the ancient Syrians, who used windmills to pump.

Zero-Energy Prefab Pierre SD

A few years back, green designer Michelle Kaufmann made waves in the environmental world as well as in the homebuilding industry with her first green, affordable modular home, called the Glidehouse. Built in a factory and shipped to the building lot for assembly, the Glidehouse incorporated modern and eco-friendly building methods, and was a hit with buyers in Pierre.