Tags:An excerpt from the local newsletter published by Sundance Power Systems:
After 30 years of living in her home in North Asheville, Ileana Grams-Moog is happy to say that she has not paid an oil bill in all of that time. Instead, she added a passive solar greenhouse to the south-facing expanse of the 2,600 sq. foot two-story traditional house that she purchased specifically because it was ideal for a solar retrofit. In doing so, she created a beautiful environment that brings nature closer and provides for year-round cultivation of plants, in addition to silently serving its ultimate purpose of capturing the sun’s warmth for heating. Its efficiency in doing so has amazed Ileana, and she likens it to the Daoist theme of “Act without acting.”
“People do not understand that you have a solar system [even] if you don’t have panels,” she explains. And indeed, although relatively simple in theory, passive solar is under-utilized and under-appreciated, given that it can reduce a building’s heating and cooling costs dramatically (up to 80%, according to the NC Solar Center.)
Read this report in its entirety at http://bit.ly/rh1BZ6 .