Alternative Energy Mansions

Financial and aesthetic—if not environmental—considerations are leading the rich to install photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and other alternative energy systems on their hugely expensive houses, as Forbes shows in a slideshow. Burnt Point, the 18,000-square-foot Hamptons house pictured here, uses a geothermal cooling system. Mega-houses like this are far from our less-is-more philosophy, but could this signal that alternative energy is becoming a status symbol? Could wind turbines (or whatever alt. energy system is climate-appropriate) replace Hummers are the next must-have technology? Via Off-Grid ::Forbes [by KK]

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