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UOG retrofits home with energy-efficient features

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WITH its neat white walls and green trim, House #32 at the University of Guam's Dean Circle looks like the other neighboring houses in the area.

But upon closer inspection, one notices the different aspects of the house that makes it stand out from the other structures. For one, #32 has solar panels installed on the roof, several rainwater catchment containers, a fully functional solar oven, and even a sustainable garden.

The house is the office of the UOG Center for Island Sustainability (CIS) and the model home for zero carbon emission and green living.

To fully showcase the home’s sustainable and energy-efficient features, CIS opened its doors to the public this week.

The open house includes tours facilitated by the UOG Green Interns, a group of university students trained to provide education and information about sustainable island living.

The tour starts with a presentation of the energy efficient features inside the house, such as the energy-efficient windows and doors and the 6-kilowatt photovoltaic model system. All appliances and office equipment are Energy Star-rated.

Although the home is not off the grid, Alison Hadley of CIS said the home consumes just a miniscule amount of power. According to Hadley, their power bill for this month is just $9.

Retrofitting the home with energy-efficient features is a good start, but sustainable living also requires “lifestyle changes,” according to Hadley.

Hadley invites the public to call their office at 735-0219 to learn more about their programs and services. The public is also welcome to drop by the CIS office at House #32.

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