An electric pump, usually installed in the basement to prevent water from entering the basement area. It empties water from a “well or pit” where it is collected and pumps it to the outside of a home.

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Heat created from the gathering of solar energy from the sun. It can be passive or active. A positive system takes advantage of winter sunlight through windows on the south side of a home. An active system heats through the collection of solar energy through solar collectors.

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A concrete foundation or floor of a home. Houses built on slab usually do not have basements.

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