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Is MIT's Latest Solar 'Breakthrough' All Hype or a New Hope?

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0400

The university's third solar-powered move in six weeks sounds like a revolution in the making. But it's not so much a solar breakthrough as it is a boon for the much-maligned hydrogen industry.
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Energy Family Part Four: Power Pioneers

Fri, 08 Dec 2006 00:00:00 -0400

At the end of a yearlong quest, our man off-the-grid taps into the wind, ramps up his solar array - and surveys the future of energy production.
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The Energy Family Makes A Solar Hot Water Heater

Mon, 01 May 2006 00:00:00 -0400

Ben Hewitt's family is living off the grid, relying on solar energy and trying hard to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, but their propane tanks are an eyesore. They represent a measure of defeat in terms of self-sufficiency, not to mention a financial drag.
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Energy Family Part 2 - Harnessing Winter

Mon, 06 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0400

Since the fall of 2005, my family has been on a quest to reduce our dependence on external energy sources in our northern Vermont home. Go to Energy Family News to see how it's going.
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The Digital Family Automates Their Home

Mon, 12 Dec 2005 00:00:00 -0400

It was almost a year ago that we brainstormed with Jamieson and Peggy Jones to map out the first segment of a three-part project called Digital Family. The concept: The Connecticut couple and their kids, Ben and Nina, would put a broad assortment of electronics to the test and report the findings of their living lab. In the first round, we laid the foundation with a network of personal computers. Part Two revolved around HDTV and home entertainment.
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Energy Family Part 1 - Off The Grid

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 00:00:00 -0400

Energy independence is a compelling concept these days, not just for nations but for individual homeowners as well. But it's not easy to achieve. My wife, Penny, and I have spent the past eight years living on 40 rolling acres of northern Vermont in a house that's not connected to the electrical grid.
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