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Experiment in energy efficiency with Ross Reserve caretaker's cabin


Out at Ross Reserve, an experiment is underway in energy efficiency with caretaker's cabin. Thanks to geothermal and photovoltaic systems, ample insulation, and energy-efficient appliances, total energy demands of the Ross Reserve caretaker's cabin are about a quarter of those of an average US home. Since monitoring began, the new building produced 2603 kiloWatt-hours more than it used, sufficient to power the rest of the Reserve in summer. In 2019, it produced a surplus 1864kWh.

The cabin has a high photovoltaic production compared to the cabin's energy use.

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