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Solar Energy Loveland CO

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 Loveland.

Colorado Renewable Energy Society
(303) 806-5317
3245 Eliot St.
Denver, CO
 
Sustainable Balance Systems
(970) 946-8871
531 E. 3rd Ave.
Durango, CO
Services
Solar electric and solar thermal, radiant heating, mechanical control room installation

SolarWorks! LLC
(970) 382-2624
270 East 8th Ave.
Durango, CO
Services
Solar PV, Solar Thermal, wind, boilers, in-floor heat

Core Energy Inc.
(719) 481-0101
PO Box 2612
Monument, CO
 
Direct Solar, Inc.
(720) 279-4359
P.O. Box 27826
Lakewood, CO
Services
Renewable Solar Energy Equipment Sales, Installations, Designs, Permits and Financing.

sustainable balance system
(970) 946-8871
531 E. 3rd Ave.
Durango, CO
 
A Tin Man Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC
(719) 406-3689
P.O. Box 9074
Pueblo, CO
Services
Geothermal Heat Pumps

Lighthouse Solar
(303) 638-4562
3550 Frontier
Boulder, CO
Services
Solar Electric Installation

The Energy Auditors
(719) 406-3695
P.O. Box 9074
Pueblo, CO
Services
Energy Audits, HERS Ratings

Energy Service of Colorado
(303) 327-5235
960 W 124 Ave
Westminster, CO
 

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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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