A potentially contoversial Swamp Yankee Green topic is about solar. I firmly believe that "active” solar heating approaches do not recover their costs in most of the climates in the country.
The sun is seldom out enough, and even at today's costs, the new, more efficient ways of heating have mitigated heating bills to the point that it's a rare, sunny and cold climate that makes trombe walls, solar flywheels and large scale heat sinks to make a thermal engine that "works".
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Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinson’s latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program.