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For The Verge and Curbed’s home of the future, renewable energy generation is directly integrated into the design of the house. Grant Imahara experiences how the home of the future can both generate its own power and reduce how much energy it needs.
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Aug 13, 2018

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The Verge
The Verge 11 months ago
How would you power your home of the future?
G Sterling
G Sterling 17 days ago
Simply stated, any clean energy program that excludes nuclear power is a fraud.
Just your normal anon
3 words *begin the ritual*
Jemi Fong
Jemi Fong 3 months ago
Gen 4 reactors
Robert Lucas
Robert Lucas 3 months ago
My only issue with solar energy is the recycling of the panels. I've read it is toxic materials and still difficult to recycle but if that was fixed and improved I would use a combination of methods. I would also like to have that wind tree made in Europe that can fit in your backyard and produce power, solar power, and if I was near a creek use a mini power generator that harnesses power from water flow.
Kevin González
¿It works with or without of the grid in the future?
Eric Schoeman
Eric Schoeman 5 days ago
what about hale
Yeng Sabio
Yeng Sabio 8 days ago
Can this withstand a 220 kph typhoon wind?
agentsave
agentsave 11 days ago
💪🏻I like that Solar power.
Jase Davenport
Jase Davenport 22 days ago
I mean the house of the future would have a Tesla not a Ford F-150
Owen Hellinger
Owen Hellinger 27 days ago
What about teslas solar roof ?
Mikael Sonninen
Mikael Sonninen 27 days ago
They should install a green roof. I've heard it would lower the need for air conditioning.
André Mariano
André Mariano Month ago
solar takes 10 years to pay itself. it's a terrible investment :V
John
John Month ago
LOL...I have built two net zero homes of the future 10 and 5 years ago that are both solar powered. I am grid tied to share my surplus, but I live with any luxury one really needs, and the homes are ICF and built to stand up to the strongest winds with no worries and last millennia. All you need is the will to do it, and I am not a millionaire by any means.
John Lewis
John Lewis Month ago
I think the F-150 helps scale the size of the home
Cynthia Brown
Cynthia Brown Month ago
President Carter is an innovator a thinker outside box catch up people.
mementorequiem
mementorequiem Month ago
3:31, where can I get that iPad stand?
Jeremy Acosta
Jeremy Acosta Month ago
House of my dreams. just put a model x parked there
David Preston
David Preston Month ago
Internet refrigerators were a fad in the late 90's which turned out to be a commercial failure. I'm surprised they tried it a second time.
Mario Torres
Mario Torres Month ago
Thanks to RUvid I built a 3 Kw 48v system that provided my family with power 24 hrs/day during Hurricane María in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. I wired two power outlets separated from the house so it was simple and not dangerous doing it that way.
May Alsuwaidi
May Alsuwaidi Month ago
6/6/2019
David Bagley
David Bagley Month ago
Good jpb
cole marek
cole marek Month ago
What was the background song
OnlyDavidWould
OnlyDavidWould Month ago
The roof of the house at least should be white to reflect any light not being absorbed by the solar panels, not only will this cool down the house, reducing a bit of the AC needed, but also make up for the melting ice caps that were reflecting light before. The more light reflected, the cooler the earth becomes, which means more white ice will form, and reflect more light, and so on and so forth.
Yida Mao
Yida Mao Month ago
At 3:07 are the panels on the far side cracked already? How durable these panels are?
G Sterling
G Sterling 2 months ago
The methods of "green energy" are all so incredibly inefficient and fraught with problems that the only way they can in ANY way be brought to bear is with incredible amounts of government subsidies - DIRECT subsidies, not tax credits. My wife and I have an electric car - which we love by the way - but the Porsche and Lexus get used any time we are going out of town. The infrastructure fully exists to support them - not so with the electric. And the wind/solar adherents? Much better you go with hydro-electric. But liberals have been killing those plans for decades too. And the water conserved instead of just going in the oceans was also be a boon to mankind.
PierreB
PierreB 2 months ago
These houses are far too big to begin with.
Macio Luko
Macio Luko 2 months ago
@5:50 This will ultimately be the game changer. We all have smartphones and all of this is basically incorporated into an app already. When young HS students sharing a condo have access to this kind of energy usage display they will certainly use energy wisely and care a lot where this energy is coming from. Not necessarily for the good of the planet (although you'd hope it would be) but for the good of their wallet. As far as the Ford F-150 is concerned, I hope it is enjoying its soon to be squashed dominance of the market. Rivian and Tesla will eat Ford's lunch very soon.
penitent2401
penitent2401 2 months ago
have fun clearing leaves and stuff falling off those trees onto the solar panels which are also blocking half the sunlight, one tree branch dropping on there and it's gone. and the panels fitted together are also not water tight, rain will easily fall right through and down onto your car, the panels are not mounted at enough of an angle for rain and leaves to slide off. Also, the house is far from energy efficient with that many big windows, heating and cooling costs will be massive. the air-conditioning draws 6kw of power as input, just how massive is the air-con that's needed to cool that small house?
Nikomo Kreks
Nikomo Kreks 3 months ago
This is not the house of the future.
RECHEETO S
RECHEETO S 3 months ago
Solar carport is Not that innovative....
GamingTV
GamingTV 3 months ago
imagine one day not needing power companies that keeps people living in dense populations in poverty
Ian
Ian 3 months ago
Tesla solar roof anyone?
Peacetoeveryone
Peacetoeveryone 3 months ago
Well of course tesla !!!
Evan Smith
Evan Smith 3 months ago
3:01 optical illusion
TanakaBanana
TanakaBanana 3 months ago
"New low score" haha just got that!
Sean Rages
Sean Rages 3 months ago
Why only do the roof of what would be a shelter for the vehicle why wasn’t the whole roof made from solar panels
prankster gangster
prankster gangster 3 months ago
you should just use tesla and the tesla car to
Tina C
Tina C 4 months ago
Would be nice to see an electric car in the drive and highlight how those solar panels can charge the car. Ford F150 is a gas guzzler with lots of poisonous emissions - a vehicle of the PAST.
Franco Barberis
Franco Barberis 4 months ago
I can't help but think those solar panels like that are tempting for thieves. if you can't see the roof in the house, why not put more on the roof and get 100% power from solar.
Farooqh Emperial
Farooqh Emperial 4 months ago
Can you tell me which architecture firm is behind this tech home?
zyzo99
zyzo99 4 months ago
Wow. 'Financially accessible' ?
flash star studio
flash star studio 4 months ago
what is the software use to know the power usage and control the home automation
jdm1066
jdm1066 4 months ago
Hybrid electricity? Why not run all lighting, fans, and everything that can be run directly on DC instead of wasting a third of it in using expensive inverters. Next, use AC for energy intensive devices like ovens and HVAC?
Gary Kerney
Gary Kerney 5 months ago
What solar panels are those?
Sylvia Schepers
Sylvia Schepers 5 months ago
You didn't give any prices! Can you do that? PLEASE!
NicoTNN
NicoTNN 5 months ago
What brand is the solar panel? Very chic, love it.
Richard Finnegan
Richard Finnegan 5 months ago
i certainly would have a F150 TRUCK for my future home... geez couldn't you get them to sponsor an electric vehicle at least?
Sergiu Stanciu
Sergiu Stanciu 5 months ago
Congrats you have built a huge Tomograph. 😂😂
Jaime Mena
Jaime Mena 5 months ago
Please don't just say "an expert in solar technology" it'd be nice to hear one or two credentials or affiliations please
Jake
Jake 5 months ago
Love these! Thank you so much for making this series. It is truly inspiring.
Mitchell Austin
Mitchell Austin 5 months ago
Stop using power. Bam! problem solved.
BillyJoe1305
BillyJoe1305 5 months ago
The Jetsons' house probably ran on nuclear power. Like we would if we were an intelligent society.
BTSHasTaught MeALot
BTSHasTaught MeALot 5 months ago
I want this house to be my house...
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