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  • MichaelE
    The Houston Solar Tour Guide is posted at: http://www.houstonsolartour.com/the-tour/tour-project-sites/ (click at bottom right corner to download) so you can
    Message 1 of 8 , Oct 1, 2010
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      The Houston Solar Tour Guide is posted at:
      http://www.houstonsolartour.com/the-tour/tour-project-sites/
      (click at bottom right corner to download) so you can preview and decide where to visit tomorrow.

      There is no need to print this because hard copies will be available when you arrive at the Solar Social (9-12 at U of H) or at your first tour site (starting at noon).

      Many thanks to Kathleen Reardon for once again leading the effort to create this beautiful and informative guide booklet for our tour.

      See you on the tour!

      Mike
    • Laverne Williams
      Hi Kathleen, Is it possible to make a correction on the opening page of the online HREG Tour Guide? It certainly will be appreciated. It can wait until after
      Message 2 of 8 , Oct 1, 2010
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        Hi Kathleen ,

         

        Is it possible to make a correction on the opening page of the online HREG Tour Guide?  It certainly will be appreciated.  It can wait until after the tour if time pressures are too great.

         

        The name of the house is” The Healthy Green Blue Hue Solar Home”, not what is below.  The address is correct and the rest of the brochure has it correct.

         

        The Healthy Blue Green Solar Home/7510 Prestwick, Houston TX 77025

         

        Thank you very much.

         

        LaVerne

         

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        From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto: hreg@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of MichaelE
        Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 8:22 AM
        To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [hreg] Solar Tour Guide for Saturday

         

         

        The Houston Solar Tour Guide is posted at:
        http://www.houstonsolartour.com/the-tour/tour-project-sites/
        (click at bottom right corner to download) so you can preview and decide where to visit tomorrow.

        There is no need to print this because hard copies will be available when you arrive at the Solar Social (9-12 at U of H) or at your first tour site (starting at noon).

        Many thanks to Kathleen Reardon for once again leading the effort to create this beautiful and informative guide booklet for our tour.

        See you on the tour!

        Mike

      • Robert Johnston
        Really nice job to all involved! Great looking tour and guide. One question: Does anyone check the claimed energy savings? They seem to me to be grossly
        Message 3 of 8 , Oct 1, 2010
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          Really nice job to all involved!  Great looking tour and guide.

           

          One question:  Does anyone check the claimed energy savings?  They seem to me to be grossly inflated in several cases.  For example, the Riser home (p. 10) is said to provide 4374 kWh annually, providing $1740 worth of energy annually.  That’s $0.40/kwh!!  Nobody pays that kind of rate.  By comparison, Burghli Homes (also p. 10) says their system provides 6208 kwh or $930/yr worth of energy.  That works out to $0.15/kwh which is still high but not too far from reality (around $0.10/kwh currently).  Am I missing something, or are some of these figures inflated?

           

          Robert

           

          From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of MichaelE
          Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 8:22 AM
          To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [hreg] Solar Tour Guide for Saturday

           

           

          The Houston Solar Tour Guide is posted at:
          http://www.houstonsolartour.com/the-tour/tour-project-sites/
          (click at bottom right corner to download) so you can preview and decide where to visit tomorrow.

          There is no need to print this because hard copies will be available when you arrive at the Solar Social (9-12 at U of H) or at your first tour site (starting at noon).

          Many thanks to Kathleen Reardon for once again leading the effort to create this beautiful and informative guide booklet for our tour.

          See you on the tour!

          Mike

        • Garth & Kim Travis
          Greetings, I find that it depends on how you figure the cost of energy. For example, are you using the published rate or the actual cost. My coop has some
          Message 4 of 8 , Oct 2, 2010
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            Greetings,
            I find that it depends on how you figure the cost of energy. For
            example, are you using the published rate or the actual cost. My coop
            has some pretty steep charges for just being hooked up, that are not in
            the official costs. How much I pay per kwh really depends on how much I
            use, because of the extra charges. To me, not including the standard
            charges is not talking honestly about the cost of energy, since I can't
            have electricity without paying them.

            Bright Blessings,
            Garth & Kim Travis
            www.TheRoseColoredForest.com
            Bedias, Texas
            936-395-0110

            On 10/1/2010 8:08 PM, Robert Johnston wrote:
            >
            >
            > Really nice job to all involved! Great looking tour and guide.
            >
            > One question: Does anyone check the claimed energy savings? They seem to
            > me to be grossly inflated in several cases. For example, the Riser home
            > (p. 10) is said to provide 4374 kWh annually, providing $1740 worth of
            > energy annually. That’s $0.40/kwh!! Nobody pays that kind of rate. By
            > comparison, Burghli Homes (also p. 10) says their system provides 6208
            > kwh or $930/yr worth of energy. That works out to $0.15/kwh which is
            > still high but not too far from reality (around $0.10/kwh currently). Am
            > I missing something, or are some of these figures inflated?
            >
            > Robert
            >
            > *From:* hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf Of
            > *MichaelE
            > *Sent:* Friday, October 01, 2010 8:22 AM
            > *To:* hreg@yahoogroups.com
            > *Subject:* [hreg] Solar Tour Guide for Saturday
            >
            > The Houston Solar Tour Guide is posted at:
            > http://www.houstonsolartour.com/the-tour/tour-project-sites/
            > (click at bottom right corner to download) so you can preview and decide
            > where to visit tomorrow.
            >
            > There is no need to print this because hard copies will be available
            > when you arrive at the Solar Social (9-12 at U of H) or at your first
            > tour site (starting at noon).
            >
            > Many thanks to Kathleen Reardon for once again leading the effort to
            > create this beautiful and informative guide booklet for our tour.
            >
            > See you on the tour!
            >
            > Mike
            >
            >
          • mkewert@comcast.net
            Robert, I noticed that too. I think in the case of the Risers that some of their monetary savings must have been from other sources (efficiency or
            Message 5 of 8 , Oct 2, 2010
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              Robert,
              I noticed that too.  I think in the case of the Risers that some of their monetary savings must have been from other sources (efficiency or conservation) and not all from the PV.  You could also divide kWh predicted generation per year by peak installed Watts and you should get a fairly constant number. Of course there will be some variation due to panel orientation, shading, panel characteristics, etc. even if they are all in the same city with similar amounts of sun [even that could vary between Galveston and the Woodlands].
              Mike
              ----- Original Message -----
              From: "Robert Johnston" <junk1@...>
              To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Friday, October 1, 2010 8:08:40 PM
              Subject: RE: [hreg] Solar Tour Guide for Saturday

               

              Really nice job to all involved!  Great looking tour and guide.

               

              One question:  Does anyone check the claimed energy savings?  They seem to me to be grossly inflated in several cases.  For example, the Riser home (p. 10) is said to provide 4374 kWh annually, providing $1740 worth of energy annually.  That’s $0.40/kwh!!  Nobody pays that kind of rate.  By comparison, Burghli Homes (also p. 10) says their system provides 6208 kwh or $930/yr worth of energy.  That works out to $0.15/kwh which is still high but not too far from reality (around $0.10/kwh currently).  Am I missing something, or are some of these figures inflated?

               

              Robert

               

              From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of MichaelE
              Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 8:22 AM
              To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: [hreg] Solar Tour Guide for Saturday

               

               

              The Houston Solar Tour Guide is posted at:
              http://www.houstonsolartour.com/the-tour/tour-project-sites/
              (click at bottom right corner to download) so you can preview and decide where to visit tomorrow.

              There is no need to print this because hard copies will be available when you arrive at the Solar Social (9-12 at U of H) or at your first tour site (starting at noon).

              Many thanks to Kathleen Reardon for once again leading the effort to create this beautiful and informative guide booklet for our tour.

              See you on the tour!

              Mike

            • Eileen Nehiley
              The event was really good as usual. Thank you to all who gave time, energy & resources to make it happen. Regarding savings, were there homes that were in the
              Message 6 of 8 , Oct 2, 2010
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                The event was really good as usual. Thank you to all who gave time, energy & resources to make it happen.

                Regarding savings, were there homes that were in the price range of the average working person other than the Habitat house which isn't available to those who have some resources? REally exciting to see that Habitat is able to install energy efficient materials! Two years ago I saw a couple of ordinary homes. This year I went to a house expecting to see renovations to make an existing home more energy efficient & instead saw a 9,000 sq. foot house whose electric bill for August would have paid my monthly mortgage, taxes, insurance & electric bill. I have to wonder how it is reducing one's Carbon footprint when the materials to build such a large house use so many resources? I am pleased that those who have so much are choosing energy efficient building. Yet until it becomes realistic for the average person,  those who can afford get reduced energy bills & tax credits while the rest cannot. I understand that the investment pays over time. Yet being able to make the investment is another issue. 

                It was sad to learn that the wind generating farms are the ones required to shut down when Ercot is full given that the traditional polluting electric producers machinery takes so long to shut down & power back up. Thus the wind producers lose income while the polluters are not effected at all. 

                Eileen

                On Oct 2, 2010, at 6:50 PM, mkewert@... wrote:

                 

                Robert,
                I noticed that too.  I think in the case of the Risers that some of their monetary savings must have been from other sources (efficiency or conservation) and not all from the PV.  You could also divide kWh predicted generation per year by peak installed Watts and you should get a fairly constant number. Of course there will be some variation due to panel orientation, shading, panel characteristics, etc. even if they are all in the same city with similar amounts of sun [even that could vary between Galveston and the Woodlands].
                Mike
                ----- Original Message -----
                From: "Robert Johnston" <junk1@...>
                To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Friday, October 1, 2010 8:08:40 PM
                Subject: RE: [hreg] Solar Tour Guide for Saturday

                 

                Really nice job to all involved!  Great looking tour and guide.

                 

                One question:  Does anyone check the claimed energy savings?  They seem to me to be grossly inflated in several cases.  For example, the Riser home (p. 10) is said to provide 4374 kWh annually, providing $1740 worth of energy annually.  That’s $0.40/kwh!!  Nobody pays that kind of rate.  By comparison, Burghli Homes (also p. 10) says their system provides 6208 kwh or $930/yr worth of energy.  That works out to $0.15/kwh which is still high but not too far from reality (around $0.10/kwh currently).  Am I missing something, or are some of these figures inflated?

                 

                Robert

                 

                From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of MichaelE
                Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 8:22 AM
                To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: [hreg] Solar Tour Guide for Saturday

                 
                 

                The Houston Solar Tour Guide is posted at:
                http://www.houstonsolartour.com/the-tour/tour-project-sites/
                (click at bottom right corner to download) so you can preview and decide where to visit tomorrow.

                There is no need to print this because hard copies will be available when you arrive at the Solar Social (9-12 at U of H) or at your first tour site (starting at noon).

                Many thanks to Kathleen Reardon for once again leading the effort to create this beautiful and informative guide booklet for our tour.

                See you on the tour!

                Mike





              • Robert Johnston
                Kudos to all the organizers. Saw 3 homes this afternoon and had a delightful day. My wife was with me and much impressed by the Green Blue Hue home. It was
                Message 7 of 8 , Oct 2, 2010
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                  Kudos to all the organizers.  Saw 3 homes this afternoon and had a delightful day.  My wife was with me and much impressed by the Green Blue Hue home.  It was very pleasant inside despite having A/C turned off for the past week.  Seeing passive features working in Houston area is most impressive (having great weather doesn’t hurt either!).  The ZeRow house was also very creative and fun to see.

                   

                  My only comment would be to echo another one posted today.  It would be nice to see more homes (a) available to average buyers that (b) are lower cost.  Even the ZeRow house is estimated at $125,000 for ~500 s.f.  That’s not inexpensive.


                  Robert

                   

                • Jay
                  It s difficult to make a cheap solar house. The panels are expensive. But, to be fair, remember there is more to the cost of a house than just what it costs
                  Message 8 of 8 , Oct 4, 2010
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                    It's difficult to make a cheap solar house. The panels are expensive.

                    But, to be fair, remember there is more to the cost of a house than just what it costs to buy. There are operating costs, and solar helps reduce those.

                    I thought the Burghli homes were very affordable, all things considered. Also the Zercher house was a great inspiration that any house can be improved, it doesn't have to be a new construction.

                    Huge Kudos to the Healthy Blue Green hue home and the Green Mode design. Inspiring work guys.

                    And huge thanks to the organizers (you know who you are!). I had a great time again this year and I can't wait until we do it again next year!






                    --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, "Robert Johnston" <junk1@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > Kudos to all the organizers. Saw 3 homes this afternoon and had a
                    > delightful day. My wife was with me and much impressed by the Green Blue
                    > Hue home. It was very pleasant inside despite having A/C turned off for the
                    > past week. Seeing passive features working in Houston area is most
                    > impressive (having great weather doesn't hurt either!). The ZeRow house was
                    > also very creative and fun to see.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > My only comment would be to echo another one posted today. It would be nice
                    > to see more homes (a) available to average buyers that (b) are lower cost.
                    > Even the ZeRow house is estimated at $125,000 for ~500 s.f. That's not
                    > inexpensive.
                    >
                    >
                    > Robert
                    >
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