Green Innovations Are Bringing
Energy-Saving Technology Home

Advances in technology and consumer demand for energy-saving devices have made green technology increasingly accessible. From solar-harvesting shingles and windows to shoe insoles that can power a smartphone, this Yale Environment 360 gallery explores a few of these energy-saving technologies. READ MORE

 

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Solar shingles — roofing materials that harvest energy from sunlight and can be integrated into a roof like a conventional asphalt shingle — have become increasingly affordable and popular, thanks to advances in solar cell technology. Several companies offer solar shingles at prices competitive with conventional bolt-on solar panels, which many homeowners find bulky and less attractive. One of the most widely used types is Dow Chemical’s Powerhouse line, which the company claims can cut a typical household's electric bill by 40-60 percent. Adding solar shingles to a roof can be expensive — over $20,000 in many cases — but federal, state and local incentives can sometimes cut that cost by up to half. (Photo credit: Ben West/Flickr)

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