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An energy efficient home, measuring just 3 by 3 meters, is helping people realize how to cut their carbon footprint. The building, called The Cube, is the brainchild of a British psychologist who wants to know why - in his view - people seem to be reluctant to adopt energy saving technology. Here's more.
A tiny eco-home, measuring just 3x3 meters inside, is showing bigger house dwellers how to go green.
The Cube Project is the creation of a research psychologist and former engineer who thinks consumers are reluctant to adopt energy saving technology and wants to know why.
Dr. Mike Page of the University of Hertfordshire, advises people how to reduce their energy consumption.
He set himself the challenge of creating a 3x3x3 meter space in which one person could live with a minimal impact on the environment.
The result is a carbon neutral home using commercially available materials and technology, including solar panels, high efficiency insulation, triple glazing and LED lighting.
[Dr. Mike Page, University of Hertfordshire]:
"The payback for energy efficient LED lighting replacing halogen lighting in hotels is around 300 days. So you are doubling your money in 600 days. That's equivalent to having about 45 percent interest rate in the bank. So if anybody's got a 45 percent interest bank account I'd like to know about it. If they haven't they would be better off changing their lights."
The Cube has a very efficient air-source heat pump which heats the water for showering, cooking and the central heating and is effective in temperatures down to minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof and a south facing wall generate all the electricity the building needs.