The Greenest House On The Block
The Portland Tribune showcases the City of Portland's 'Rose House' (1.8 MB PDF) project, which is part of the Office of Sustainable Development and Oregon Department of Energy's plan to encourage sustainable, energy-producing, environmentally-friendly housing for the future, a plan which is gaining national and international attention.
The Rose House, at only 800 square feet (approx. 244 sq. meters), is equipped with solar panels and incorporates technologies that recapture lost heat and energy during normal appliance operation, such as ventilation. During peak hours -- when power is at highest demand -- the Rose House can produce surplus energy, feeding kilowatt hours back to the power grid, and 'rolling back' the meter -- the power authority's way of purchasing the surplus energy and lessening the burden on comparatively 'dirty' power plants. (Thanks to Slashdot for the summary.)
Thanks to Slashdot