Rural Home Technology

  

Solar House Design

Cutaway HouseJust facing a house properly toward the winter sun, minimizing north windows and adding extra windows toward the South can make a significant difference in reducing energy demand. There are many other things to consider such as types of windows, moveable window insulation, adequate insulation, use of thermal mass, vapor barriers, roof overhangs and more. Many of these are dependent on climate and latitude (distance from the Equator) We'll discuss many of these principles here, along with the difference between active and passive solar homes and greenhouse design. Any of you who are aware of other worthwhile information on the Web are invited to inform us of these sites so we may provide links here.

See featured article in 'The Mountain Ear' about local alternative energy activities.