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EcoTrack 11: Solar tour

"We have a constant indoor temperature, and we have so many sources of alternate heat and electricity, that it's very rewarding to get and electric bill. A couple months ago, it was $1.21." "We have a constant indoor temperature, and we have so many sources of alternate heat and electricity, that it's very rewarding to get and electric bill. A couple months ago, it was $1.21."
"Everything has worked out exactly like I planned," he says, "That's very rewarding, and the house is very comfortable. That's what we're struck with. It's very, very comfortable." "Everything has worked out exactly like I planned," he says, "That's very rewarding, and the house is very comfortable. That's what we're struck with. It's very, very comfortable."
Underneath a massive mound of earth actually lies a portion of a house. That helps control the temperatures through the variations from one season to the other. Underneath a massive mound of earth actually lies a portion of a house. That helps control the temperatures through the variations from one season to the other.

Report by Chris Vickers

Posted by LS

An ecofrienly house has always been a dream for Ralph Semrock. Over the past six years he and his wife have made that dream a reality.

"Everything has worked out exactly like I planned," he says, "That's very rewarding, and the house is very comfortable. That's what we're struck with. It's very, very comfortable."

Very comfortable indeed, but this place is a hot bed for green technology.

"If someone comes out here, they will see a variety of alternative sources in use: wind, photovoltaic, thermal, passive solar," Semrock tells us.


The 2008 Ohio Solar Tour showcases 150 sites featuring 254 renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in 66 communities.  The Northwest Ohio Solar Tour features 3 tours to 23 different sites in Toledo, Oregon East Area and Bowling Green on Saturday, October 4, 2008. Register here.


Ralph says, "We have a lot of information to give out to people if they want to do something similar to what we have done."

It's not just the use of wind turbines, solar panels, thermal panels or green building materials. It's utilizing natural ideas, centuries old, like earth shelters for seasonal temperature control.

Underneath a massive mound of earth actually lies a portion of a house. That helps control the temperatures through the variations from one season to the other.

"We have a constant indoor temperature, and we have so many sources of alternate heat and electricity, that it's very rewarding to get and electric bill. A couple months ago, it was $1.21."

Not just big savings in the pocket, but for the environment as well.

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