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CNET News Video: Saving money with solar tech
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CNET News Video: Saving money with solar tech

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It's not cheap to power a home these days. Could solar-energy tech be the solution? At the Intersolar North America exhibition in San Francisco, CNET's Kara Tsuboi finds a few products that could help bring sunshine to your wallet.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> It sure isn't cheap to power a home these days. I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com to tell you about some solar products that could help save you some money. Check out the solar-powered water heater that can still get your bath water nice and hot. How much could a family expect to save using this system? >> Depends on what part of the country you're in, but if you're like in Florida or in area with a lot of sun, Arizona, Southern California, you can go as high as 95%. >> In this version, the sun and the wind power a pump that sends a liquid through the evacuated tube system. >> That $5000 system can produce your hot water for the next 30 years, but imagine wiping out 85% of your fuel bill for hot water. >> Not bad for 80 gallons of hot water a day. Expect payback in 5 to 7 years. >> The building of the future in our eyes will be completely energy independent. Now you will achieve that by several means. One is energy efficiency. The other one is energy generation. >> To achieve that future dream are these thin film modules. >> You want to integrate it either into a facade or a window or a door or you can integrate it on top of the roof or you can just put it on the parking lot or a shading structure or comfort whatever. >> These consumer products and also commercial systems were all in display at the Intersolar Conference in San Francisco. I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com. ^M00:01:22 [ Music ]

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