energy-efficient homes http://www.kplu.org en White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy http://www.kplu.org/post/white-house-honor-seattle-vet-advancing-clean-energy <p>Avi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jacobson was serving his first tour in Iraq in 2007 when he noticed his own unit's heavy reliance on a single generator.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Jacobson’s Air Force base ran almost solely on the generator, which was overworked with computers and air conditioners almost daily. When the usage hit the generator’s tipping point, Jacobson said, “everything would die," triggering an eerie silence.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:15:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10818 at http://www.kplu.org White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy Super-energy efficient homes built to inspire more stringent codes http://www.kplu.org/post/super-energy-efficient-homes-built-inspire-more-stringent-codes <p></p><p>The homes of the future will come with remarkably low heating bills. At least that's the hope of a Portland-based nonprofit group showcasing 13 super-energy efficient homes in four Northwest states. The question is: can you afford to buy one of these houses?</p><p>The model homes are scattered among many of the big cities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The houses don't look unusual from the outside. But all have been designed to use at least 30 percent less energy.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 17:33:28 +0000 Tom Banse 8859 at http://www.kplu.org Super-energy efficient homes built to inspire more stringent codes