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Solar & Alternative Energy Videos

These This Old House videos showcase all of our solar & alternative energy projects, how-tos, and designs.

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Future House | Living Off the Grid Comfortably

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey visits an off-the-grid home in South Carolina that’s testing commercial HVAC equipment.

Home technology expert Ross Trethewey displays solar reflective roof shingles.
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Future House: Solar Reflective Roof Shingles

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey explores the design and testing of asphalt roof shingles that can reflect some of the sun’s heat away from the building.

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Future House | Robotic Flower Solar Panels

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey sees a robotic, ground-mounted solar array that mimics a sunflower

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What Germany Can Teach Us About Home Energy

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey takes host Kevin O'Connor on a tour of Germany with an eye toward renewable energy and sustainable home heating.

Holding a solar panel
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How to Protect Solar Panels from Pests

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey explains the culprit behind damaged solar panels and how to prevent future damage

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How to Install Solar Panels with Microinverters

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey shows host Kevin O’Connor how to install solar panels on the AskTOH workshop roof

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Future House | Net Zero Neighborhood

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey visits a community that plans to have all net zero energy capable housing

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Future House | Drinking Water from Thin Air

Ask This Old House smart technology expert Ross Trethewey finds a solar panel that can generate clean drinking water out of thin air

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How to Provide Backup Power without Gas

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron shows off a battery-powered generator that is capable of being charged by solar.

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Understanding Solar Power

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains the complexities of today’s solar-power systems

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How to Install a Home Wind Turbine

Renewable-energy expert Ross Trethewey shows Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor why Texas is the ideal environment for a wind turbine

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How to Install Solar Panels on a Roof

Capturing and converting the sun's energy with This Old House energy expert Ross Trethewey