Obama goes green
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Monday, 26 August 2013 13:08


A promise which was made almost three years ago by the President has finally come to fruition this week – work has finally begun on installing solar panels on the roof of the White House. The panels will provide electricity and heat water for the building.

In a statement from the White House it has been stated that the panels are American made and that they are part of an overall retrofit to improve the energy efficiency of the entire building. It is hoped that this will demonstrate that it is possible to update and improve buildings even if they are historic.

In addition to the solar panels, the White House will be fitted with variable speed fans and updated building controls. On a more general note, the federal fleet has already doubled the number of hybrid cars being used, bringing the total amount of renewable energy used by the government currently to 7%.

The changes made thus far have resulted in a cut in federal-based emissions of 15%. Meanwhile a further $2 billion has been committed to upgrade federal buildings to ensure more energy savings. In fact there has already been a saving of 7 million gallons of gas from those measures already carried out.

It has been pointed out that solar panels were first installed on the White House in the 1970's by Jimmy Carter however they were removed by Regan. George W Bush also used solar panels to heat the White House swimming pool.