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Alternative Energy South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City.

Ruling Out Radon South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City.

Solar Water Heaters South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

For the first 6,000 years of human civilization, carbon monoxide wasn't a big problem in the home in South Sioux City - 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 South Sioux City NE

Room air conditioners have their advantages in South Sioux City: 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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City. 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 South Sioux City NE

The 30-foot-tall Windspire´┐Ż system can produce 1,800 kilowatt-hours of power a year in South Sioux City. 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 South Sioux City NE

Back in the 1970s, houseplants were everywhere in South Sioux City. 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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

Residential photovoltaic (PV) solar electrical systems are becoming more and more affordable in South Sioux City, 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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City.

Solar Cells South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City.

Solar Energy Systems South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City. 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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

Energy costs in South Sioux City 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 South Sioux City NE

Extreme climatic conditions can be managed inside the house in South Sioux City 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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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

Wind Energy Products South Sioux City NE

Mankind has been harnessing the wind since learning to sail the Nile River thousands of years ago in South Sioux City. 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 South Sioux City NE

There's a breath of fresh air blowing across the country in South Sioux City, 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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City NE

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 South Sioux City.