How do you Clean a Wind Turbine?

Yearly maintenance on a wind turbine is simple, and a necessity in making sure everything is running right. (A small price to pay for energy savings in the thousands) Watch as the wind turbine at the Green Leaf Inn gets a checkup and wash down.

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Even the Smallest Businesses are Exploring Alternative Energy

The Green Leaf in was recently highlighted in Crain’s Chicago Business on March 26, 2012. Below is the article. Even the smallest businesses are exploring alternative energy By: H. Lee Murphy March 26, 2012 When gasoline prices took a leap four years ago, Robert Wisz the owner of Doreen’s Gourmet Frozen Pizza Inc. in Calumet

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Attic Access

Why would an attic access door have 24 inch high walls? How high is your attic access wall at your house? On Saturday, Mike from Anderson-Ashton came down and built the attic access door in the pottery studio. Actually, it is also a storage building and will house the cogeneration or chp system going in

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  • Re-Purposing Old Wood
  • Re-Purposing Old Wood
  • Re-Purposing Old Wood

Re-Purposing Old Wood

Making little pieces out of big pieces and then putting them back together as medium pieces- tree to furniture cycle and sequestering carbon. Before my Dad passed away I would stop in Northbrook, IL and asked him what he was doing. He would always respond making little pieces out of big pieces in his shop.

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300 Square Inch Hole Leaking Energy

How could I miss a 300 square inch hole that was leaking energy right in front of my eyes? To give myself a little credit the hole only showed up on the blower door gauges that calculated the total air leakage of our house was equivalent to a hole that size. So I physically couldn’t see it.

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3 Solar Thermal Systems Installation

Three solar thermal systems will be used at the Inn- concentrating parabolic tracker, evacuated tube and a flat plate collector to demonstrate on costs and performance under various conditions. Late Spring we will be installing two of the solar thermal systems on the Cottage as part of the renovation and connections for the three suites and laundry in the building. We have not chosen the evacuated tube or the flat plate collector yet but we have chosen the concentrating tracker- SunTrac Solar-

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Super Insulated Tank

Thermal storage allows load shifting of when renewable energy is produced and when it is consumed. This super insulated tank will soon be buried. The Green Leaf Inn will feature a 1,250 gallon underground insulated thermal storage tank to integrate the three different solar thermal systems, cogen, geothermal, and wood gasifier boiler to store the

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The Winner in Net Zero Energy Homes Category

The start of a Net Zero Energy Home or Building is with the building envelope; the area surrounded by insulation that separates conditioned space from unconditioned space or the outdoors. This includes the insulation in the walls, attic, windows and doors. The goal is to reduce the movement of outside airflow. The term “superinsulated building”

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