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Passive Solar Energy Techniques

What are they and how do you use them in custom residential design?

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Do you recognize this formula for making money by creating uncommon value in our built environment and saving money every day by limiting our dependence on fossil fuels?

Most of us are conscious of our environment. We understand the importance of energy conservation. A recycling program may be in place at our homes and businesses. We try to drive economical automobiles. At our homes we may have installed extra insulation, ceiling fans, storm windows and a programmable thermostat. We are concerned about water and air quality, ozone depletion, acid rain and endangered species.

The active among us may have even retrofitted solar panels for hot water and utilize compost for our gardens. But, due to habit, reliance on the familiar or lack of knowledge, when it comes time to build a residence, addition or remodel few people grasp the opportunity to take the single most important step to save energy - design with passive solar energy design techniques. [+]

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About the Sun

"Solar energy is created deep within the core of the Sun. It is here that the temperature (15,000,000° C; 27,000,000° F) and pressure (340 billion times Earth's air pressure at sea level) is so intense that nuclear reactions take place."

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Acid Rain

Acid rain is rain that is more acidic than normal. Acid rain is a complicated problem. Caused by air pollution, acid rain's spread and damage involves weather, chemistry, soil, and the life cycles of plants and animals on the land and from acid rain in the water.

Air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels is the major cause of acid rain. Power plants and factories burn coal and oil. We also burn natural gas, coal, and oil to heat our homes. Cars, trucks, and airplanes use gasoline, another fossil fuel.