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November 21, 2013
From New York to Los Angeles, these self-sufficient homes prove that you don't have to live in the middle of nowhere to be off-the-grid.
Aerial view of the Cambridge Lofts Penthouse in Edmonton, Alberta

Architect Vivian Manasc rebuilt this 2,500-square-foot loft in Edmonton, Alberta to be energy efficient with solar panels to generate electricity while waste heat emitted by the elevator core warms the Canadian home.

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Cambridge Lofts Penthouse Facade

The colorful 19th-story penthouse is designed for near net-zero energy consumption with views of the North Saskatchewan River and city skyline.

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Modern stucco facade

When residents of a 100-year-old Brooklyn brownstone wanted a net-zero makeover, the result was Tighthouse, New York’s first certified Passive House. Photo by Hai Zhang.

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Modern kitchen with reclaimed stained maple flooring

Home designer Julie Torres Moskovitz used LED lighting, electric Jenn-Air appliances and solar panels to bring the home up-to-date with modern eco-friendly trends. Photo by Hai Zhang.

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Auburn 7 developer and resident Michael Kyle hangs with his dog Moxy in the front yard of the unit owned by his codeveloper Todd Wexman; he is joined by residents Francisco, Camille, and young Sophia Apple Owens.

Community gardens, tankless water heaters, low-flush toilets and energy-efficient appliances allow this Silver Lake neighborhood in Los Angeles to yield energy bills of $0. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

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All but one homeowner at Auburn chose to install solar panels supplied by Buel Solar on the “solar-ready” roofs.

Designed by MASS Architecture and Design, each home features the option for homeowners to hook in solar panels. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

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solar umbrella house backyard view to living room

This Venice, California home, designed by architects Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa, uses luminous solar panels to generate electricity. Photo by Marvin Rand.

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A steel-beam canopy with solar panels shades the house and provides electricity.

The home's solar panels work double duty by shading the home while providing electricity. Photo by Marvin Rand.

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Aerial view of the Cambridge Lofts Penthouse in Edmonton, Alberta

Architect Vivian Manasc rebuilt this 2,500-square-foot loft in Edmonton, Alberta to be energy efficient with solar panels to generate electricity while waste heat emitted by the elevator core warms the Canadian home.

Photo by Garth Crump.

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