Students Compete To Build Best Energy-Saving House

Nov. 8, 2013 / By

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Day 6 of construction on the Santa Clara University Solar Decathlon house. Courtesy of Brian Grau

Ever wondered what it would be like to not have to pay an energy bill? You might think you’d have a house full of candles or even an empty boring house with no refrigerator or no AC. But a recent competition called the Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the Department of Energy, proved me wrong.

The competition consisted of groups of college students from all over the world designing and building houses that can generate as much energy as they use. Because of the special guidelines the teams had to follow to save energy, it wasn’t an easy task, and took about two years to complete. And for most students, that’s on top of being enrolled in school full time.

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