Profile America: Solar Power

Sunday, January 14th. There’s been a lot of emphasis lately on making houses that are more energy efficient — with better insulation and windows that seal out heat and cold. Many feature the use of solar panels to capture the natural heat of the sun. The first house in America with solar heating and radiation cooling opened this week in 1955 in Tucson, Arizona. A large, slanting slab of steel and glass converted sunlight into heat, which was vented into the house.

In America’s nearly 119 million occupied housing units, gas remains the most common heating fuel, outpacing electricity — about 57 million to 46 million. Solar energy is the power source for just under 151,000 homes in our country, or a bit below 0.13 percent of the total.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online here.

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