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Experiment in energy efficiency with Ross Reserve caretaker's cabin

12-17-2019

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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