Terry McLaughlin spent many days on his land peering through the little windows of a cardboard model of his future home. Architect Keith Robertson used the model to site the home on a windswept bluff. The finished home blends with the vernacular buildings of the area and provides maximum solar gain with magnificent ocean views.

A country place in the city was this family’s dream. But a cutesy cottage just wouldn’t cut it. The Duquette’s thoroughly modern home has the neighbors talking.

Situated on a remote and rugged tract of land, this home is miles away from the nearest power grid, but Val Hunter is making the most of what nature has to offer. From solar water heating to fresh spring water, this house has all the comforts of home.

Using solar energy to heat hot water is one of the quickest paybacks among energy alternatives. Over time, it can save you a bundle on your utility bill. And, since we get a lot of our solar energy in summer, it makes sense to use solar energy to heat the swimming pool, too.

Instructor/Host: Tamara Stanners
Video Language: English