Consumer's Guide: Get Your Power From the Sun

Consumer's Guide: Get Your Power From the Sun

If you're thinking about buying a solar electric system, this guide provides basic information to make sure you get the best system possible for your home.

Type: Guide




PV FAQs: What is the energy payback for PV?

PV FAQs: What is the energy payback for PV?

Producing electricity with photovoltaics (PV) emits no pollution, produces no greenhouse gases, and uses no finite fossilfuel resources. This guide analyzes how long it takes a PV system to operate to recover the energy that went into making the system in the first place.

Type: Guide




Passive Solar Design for the Home

Passive Solar Design for the Home

Windows, walls and floors can be used to store and distribute solar energy through passive solar design. Unlike other solar heating systems, this design does not involve mechanical and electrical devices such as pumps or fans to move the heat.

Type: Guide




A Consumer's Guide: Heat Your Water with the Sun

A Consumer's Guide: Heat Your Water with the Sun

Today’s solar heating systems not only keep swimming pools warm — they can also heat much of your home’s water and interior space. Solar heating systems are reliable, adaptable, and pollution-free. Planning carefully and being informed will ensure you've chosen the right system for your home.

Type: Guide




Financing Solar Energy Systems: A Federal Overview

Financing Solar Energy Systems: A Federal Overview

The Borrower’s Guide to Financing Solar Energy provides information for lenders and consumers in financing solar systems, including thermal and photovoltaic systems. It also offers tips on how to make these systems more affordable and outlines special mortgage programs for energy-efficient homes.

Type: Guide




The Borrower's Guide to Financing Solar Energy Systems: A Federal Overview

The Borrower's Guide to Financing Solar Energy Systems: A Federal Overview

This guide is for lenders and consumers who need information about nationwide financing programs for solar energy systems.

Type: Brochure




Building Energy-Efficient New Houses

Building Energy-Efficient New Houses

Learn how to plan for an energy-efficient home before construction begins.

Type: White Paper




Designing and Building a More Sustainable Home

Designing and Building a More Sustainable Home

Designing green homes can be confusing, from understanding finances to choosing materials and design layouts/blueprints. Get step-by-step instructions and helpful checklists to make your green home dreams a reality.

Type: White Paper




A Homebuilder's Guide to Going Solar

A Homebuilder's Guide to Going Solar

This publication shares information from different studies of builders who have successfully integrated solar options into their operations.

Type: White Paper




Mainestream Green Home Design

Mainestream Green Home Design

Green housing is sustainable to its environment, durable and healthy for occupants and environment. The Mainestream Green Housing primer grew out of MaineHousing's Mainestream Green Home Design Contest.

Type: White Paper




Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating

Learn basic information on the components and types of solar water heaters currently available and the economical and environmental benefits of owning solar heaing systems.

Type: White Paper




A Solar Success Story at Moanalua Terrace

A Solar Success Story at Moanalua Terrace

Solar systems prove to be an environmentally and economically sound choice for heating water in U.S. Navy housing at Moanalua Terrace in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Type: Case Study





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