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The use of energy in American homes is still being developed for better efficiency. The idea of having a power plant in your home's basement instead is a consideration. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems can utilize up to 90 percent of a fossil fuel's energy by simultaneously generating heat and electricity on-site, reducing energy consumption and slashing utility bills. Such systems already power several buildings and they are widely used for district heating in other countries. This paper discusses the idea of having your basement furnace generate electricity to the point that it can power and heat individual homes. This is achieved by the use of a micro-CHP unit

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:44 ,  Issue: 4 )

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April 2007

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