Maryland couple touts benefits of solar power

A local Maryland couple has been turning heads in the energy efficiency world with their eco-friendly, solar-powered home.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Dan and Margo Duesterhaus began investing into solar energy six years ago. Since 2007, they've outfitted their Ellicot City, Maryland, house with 32 solar panels placed throughout the building's roof, with an additional two panels used for a solar-fueled water heater and another to generate power for a solar attic fan. Solar daylight tubes installed at three separate points in the residence along with heavily insulated windows also supplement the gains being made by the rooftop panels. In short, the Duesterhauses have been able to transform their vintage 1950s house into a prime example of energy efficient design.

"It was a long-term design," Margo told the news publication. "We were interested in the long-term cost savings and obviously we had a concern for the environment."

These eco-friendly upgrades have earned the Ellicot City home a place on the American Solar Energy Society's (ASES) 18th annual National Solar Tour, which offers a nationwide look at homes and businesses that have made significant cuts to their utility bills and carbon emission output thanks to energy efficient medications. The goal of the ASES tour is to better educate Americans about the benefits and realistic potential of living in greener buildings.

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