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

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Topic
physics
Sponsor
Physics Department
Location
141 Loomis
Date
Apr 16, 2014   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Professor Scott Willenbrock, University of Illinois, Urbana Illinois
Cost
None
Contact
Marjorie Gamel
E-Mail
mgamel@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-3762
Views
5206
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.

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