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Physics Colloquium: "This Old Zero-Net-Energy House"

Speaker Professor Scott Willenbrock, University of Illinois, Urbana Illinois
Date Apr 16, 2014
Time 4:00 pm  
Location 141 Loomis
Cost None
Sponsor Physics Department
Contact Marjorie Gamel
Phone 217-333-3762
Event type Physics Colloquium
Views 5195
Originating Calendar Physics - Colloquium
Can you retrofit a house in Illinois such that it provides its own energy over the course of a year, and do it at a reasonable cost? The answer is “yes”, thanks in part to the decline in the price of solar photovoltaic modules. I describe how to reduce a home’s energy use via various energy-efficiency upgrades, as well as geothermal heating and cooling. Using my own house as a case study, I show that each of these steps has a positive return on investment.