LIVING GREEN

by DAN VOS Vos Energy Concepts I said earlier that wind was a form of solar energy, and I stand by that. Reread my past column if you need an explanation. The most economical way of capturing the wind for producing electricity is by using large towers with huge blades—as many as possible—called wind farms. […]

Living Green

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by DAN VOS Vos Energy Concepts Today we talk about the exotic form of solar energy—the one that techies drool over. The one that gives people that far away look in their eyes, as if they are in the Mars Rover or the space station or at the communication satellites that our phones and iPads […]

WINTER HOME IMPROVEMENT

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Solar hot water collection by DAN VOS Vos Energy Concepts This week we are writing about solar hot water collection. This is the most cost effective way of using the sun’s energy in our existing homes. Most people don’t realize that about 20 percent of your total annual heating bill is used to heat water. […]

Using the sun’s energy an easy way to warm, brighten home

by DAN VOS Vos Energy Concepts I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the three ways of using solar energy in our homes. The first way is using it to heat the air in our homes, which heats everything else in there as well. Passive solar is one of my favorite ways to use […]

Rockford man builds state’s most energy-efficient house—twice

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by BETH ALTENA New state energy codes are forcing builders to more efficient homes, but Rockford’s Dan Vos has been using new energy-efficient  techniques and more for years. He is the creator of the most energy-efficIent home in the state of Michigan—a second feat for him following last year’s home he built that scored highest […]