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Solar Energy Culpeper VA

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 Culpeper.

INFINITE GREEN ENERGY
(540) 364-6360
8360 West Main St.
Marshall, VA
 
Renewable Engineered Systems
(603) 331-1563
22 East Church Street
Martinsville, VA
Services
Sales Service and Installations

Solar Effects
(434) 384-3113
Wholesale pricing on Solar Panels and energy systems
Lynchburg, VA
 
Blue Ridge Energy Company
(540) 830-1289
1285 Graceland Drive
Broadway, VA
Services
solar electric, heat & hot water

Americo Energy LLC
(434) 420-5000
1622 12th Street
Lynchburg, VA
Services
Solar thermal and electric sales & installation

Dominion Geothermal
(571) 933-3123
11530 Valley Rd
Fairfax, VA
Services
Geothermal heating - A/C - hot water

Future Renovations, Inc.
(757) 236-3006
PO box 2431
Newport News, VA
 
home pro energy inc
(434) 239-8590
177 air park dr
lynchburg, VA
Services
energy audits

DTI Solar
(804) 457-9566
Midpoint Commercial Center
Hadensville, VA
Services
Solar Energy Products and Design

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Solar homes showed a lot of promise during the 1970s, when energy prices skyrocketed and people were scrambling to find more efficient and effective ways to heat and power their homes. But when those prices leveled off and even went down, we as a country forgot a lot of the lessons solar technology taught us.

Perhaps now things are beginning to swing back the other way. As evidence, check out the recent Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and held in Washington. There student architects and engineers from 14 universities competed with each other to build homes that were not only energy efficient, but also aesthetically pleasing and feasible under real-world conditions. Each house was limited to 500 square feet for competition purposes, and to allow them all to fit on the grounds of the National Mall.

The University of Colorado won with a bungalow-style home that uses up to 85 percent less energy than a conventional home of the same size. The home's design was based on three modules (basic, spec and core) which can be combined in different ways to accommodate varying budgets, climates and building sites without sacrificing visual appeal. The idea is to make this process readily available and repeatable for production purposes. 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. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham says, "This contest proves that solar energy is practical today.

It is affordable, livable and attractive." For more information on the contest, floor plans and photos of all entrants, visit www.eren.doe.gov/solar_decathalon.

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