Saturday, July 26, 2008
Solar Energy for the Home
Like most homeowners, I'm facing a winter of record-high heating bills, and not liking what I see. And, like many of you, I've been wondering about some of the "renewable energy" options that are supposed to wean my house off fossil fuels, help the environment -- and lower the bills.
In my July 19th About the House column for The Wall Street Journal, I explore various solar options for the home using the sun's free heat. These include solutions for domestic hot water as well as electricity. (Click the image above to see a larger diagram of a solar water system.)
On CNBC's "The Call," the host Trish Regan and I explore the topic further and you can see video of solar panels being installed. For those wondering whether we'll still care about renewable energy if oil prices fall, check out the discussion going on at WSJ's Developments blog.
To dig deeper...
dsireusa.org -- Lists federal and state tax credits and rebates for renewable energy options
seia.org -- Solar Energy Industries Association
findsolar.com -- Department of Energy sponsored site that lists certified solar installers by state
nabcep.org -- North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners lists certified installers
solar-rating.org -- Lists certified solar-equipment manufacturers
www.eere.energy.gov/solar -- Primer on solar technologies from Department of Energy