The up-front costs that are associated with solar energy and technology are often paid for by the increased long-term value of the residence that they are installed in.
The concept of sustainable housing is one that many developers are signing on for, due to the increased energy costs and desire among many individuals to reduce their carbon footprint.
Residents in colder areas of the country understand the excessive costs and potential harm to the environment that can occur during a long winter due to the necessity for using the heat frequently.
The residence, located in Brooklyn, New York, features a variety of technology that ranges from radiant heating to a fully-equipped media room.
The Karis Place supportive-housing development in Vancouver, British Columbia, provides a warm and comfortable place for homeless individuals to rest and recuperate before trying to reemerge into the world.
Jerry Ludwig, the famous home design consultant, recently offered some tips on what to install in an older house when trying to provide a comfortable warmth.
Although participation was limited due to high-speed winds and torrential rain, a group of interested bikers and homeowners went around for the tour of sustainable Fort Collins, Colorado businesses and homes.
New-construction Victorian homes and other residences are designed to look like they are from the 19th century, but contain modern amenities and building materials.
The University of Maryland 2011 Solar Decathlon team was able to produce a first-place house for the competition, as the students utilized solar panels and a radiant heating system to beat out the other participants.
Homeowners that are interested in learning about sustainable technologies ranging from solar panels to radiant heating were able to stop by one of 45 sites during a tour sponsored by the the Western New York Sustainable Energy Association.