Alternative Energy Mansions

burnt_point.jpgFinancial 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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