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Solar House Powered by Kinect

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The CHIP House (for “Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype) was built with the goal of creating a zero-energy home. It exceeded this goal thanks to solar panels that generate three times more energy than it uses. The first thing you notice about the CHIP House is it’s wraparound insulation that preserves the interior temperature of this 750-square foot abode.

The house uses an Xbox Kinect system to allow residents to control lights and appliances by just pointing on them. The Kinect is also used to turn off lights when residents leave a room.

The CHIP house was created by students from Caltech and SCI-Arc. Read more about the house on Gizmag.

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Is it Time to Go Solar?

Thursday, October 08th, 2009


If you own a home that has a roof or yard space that gets several hours of sun exposure most days, then it could be time to go solar. By installing solar panels, you can cut back on the amount of power you need to purchase from your power utility company. A solar installation professional will be able to help you evaluate your power needs and decide how many solar panels will be appropriate for your home. You don’t need to depend completely on your solar power system, but can use it to replace some of the power you currently purchase from the energy grid.

Many areas provide tax breaks, rebates and other financial incentives for homeowners who install solar power systems. You can research the incentives online and also find recommendations for qualified solar installation professionals. Your solar power system installer should be able to advise you on local permits and connecting to the utility grid. Solar panels only take a few days to install. Before you know it, you’ll be helping your wallet and doing your part for the environment.

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