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299Re: [hreg] Still more on the solar house

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  • Richard G. Morgan
    Aug 17, 2000
      Web sites wanted. RGMorgan, Mobile, AL
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Steve Stelzer" <steve@...>
      To: <hreg@egroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2000 8:43 AM
      Subject: RE: [hreg] Still more on the solar house


      > Hi there Marjorie: Great idea. I'd like to talk to your friend Jube
      about
      > his solar water heater, and I would be very interested to learn about a
      > subdivision here with solar water heaters. Could you track that down?
      > Believe it or not, there are organizations that have built normal homes in
      > hot/humid climates that use 50% less energy to run, without any bizarre or
      > incredibly expensive technological improvements. If you or anyone are
      > interested in reading about them, I can forward the websites.
      >
      > Steve Stelzer
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Marjorie N Wood [mailto:othermother6@...]
      > Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2000 6:29 PM
      > To: hreg@egroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [hreg] Still more on the solar house
      >
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      > How solar does a solar house have to be? Could a solar house be passive
      > solar, with great insulation and perfect windows? Could it be a house
      > with a solar water heater and maybe skylights and a solar cooker in the
      > yard? Everyone loves solar houses that get prizes but some folks might
      > like to see ordinary folks who try to pay their bills not with lots of
      > money, using a variety of solar applications. If that is so, I am told
      > that there are whole subdivisions in Houston with solar water heaters
      > installed. My friend Jube Dankworth, a home schooler, has had a solar
      > water heater on her house in Houston for 20 years. How about writing a
      > letter to the editor in the Houston paper, asking for responses from
      > folks with solar houses? Do you think that might get some interesting
      > responses?
      > Marge
      >
      > On Wed, 16 Aug 2000 11:10:55 EDT ChasMauch@... writes:
      > > Hello everyone,
      > >
      > > Thanks for all the feedback so far, most positive. However, I was a
      > > little
      > > disturbed by several of Kevin's comments.
      > >
      > > For one, I was not aware that award winning solar demonstration
      > > homes have
      > > been build in Houston (or that Mike has a solar home). If that is
      > > the case,
      > > why couldn't we have a solar home show here? I thought we discussed
      > > that once
      > > but decided that there wern't any such homes available and you have
      > > to go to
      > > Austin for that kind of thing. Would like to know where these homes
      > > are so I
      > > could go see them.
      > >
      > > Also the comment that I am expecting the professional members of the
      > > HREG to
      > > contribute their time and expertise, basically asking them to work
      > > for free,
      > > and that will not be well received, it will be up to me to make this
      > > happen,
      > > my will, money, etc. It was never my intent to ask anyone to do
      > > anything that
      > > they are not willing and even anxious to do out of pure interest in
      > > the
      > > project and promoting HREG and solar in general in the Houston area.
      > >
      > > Obviously I would pay for the house, using any discounts, grants, or
      > > other
      > > help that I can find, but would not ask for help from anyone who
      > > feels they
      > > need to be paid for just talking about such a project, since I
      > > thought that
      > > was what HREG was all about. Maybe I'm confused on this.
      > >
      > > But I do appreciate all the comments so far, and am serious about
      > > the whole
      > > thing. Oral's suggestion that we might find some funding to help out
      > > with it
      > > sounds interesting. Let's look at it this way. If we did research on
      > > an
      > > absolutely state of the art house of the future - not only energy
      > > efficient
      > > but healthy (filtered air to remove pollen and Houston's infamous
      > > pollution,
      > > clean water - carbon bed, reverse osmosis, etc) and made it as nice
      > > yet as
      > > economical as possible, and then actually built it, then maybe more
      > > people
      > > would build such houses too. I think that is an interesting project
      > > in
      > > itself, and probably there is lots of literature available that some
      > > of our
      > > members know about. Then I might be the first to build such a house,
      > > which
      > > would be a benefit to me, but hopefully everyone would enjoy being
      > > involved.
      > > Then again I might decide for one reason or another I don't want to
      > > do it
      > > after all - which I would need to reserve the right to do, but it
      > > would not
      > > have been a waste. At least, I don't think it would be.
      > >
      > > Anyway, would like to continue the discussion here and see what kind
      > > of
      > > consensus we can come to, if any. Hope everyone will contribute to
      > > the
      > > conversation.
      > >
      > > Charlie
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