Design Confidently, Live Comfortably
Both house and gardens are designed on a 4-foot-square grid. Because most American building materials come in 4-foot increments, our design reduced construction waste.
We have radiant heating in all the floors and in the stone wall at the front of the house. Installation costs more, but in the long run we save money because heat is delivered evenly rather than rising quickly to the ceiling, enabling us to set the thermostat 2° to 4°F lower than usual.
Diffused light from above The roof of Larry's home office (and of several outbuildings) is made of Kalwall, a translucent, highly insulated building panel. The bright but diffused light that comes through the roof reduces the need for electric lighting. PHOTO: MICHELLE GERVAIS
Another energy-conserving aspect of our house is the newly installed solar panels. During the week, when we are not using the house, the extra power that is generated is fed into the power grid through an inverter. This literally makes the electric meter run backward, so we anticipate that the cost of our electric power will be close to zero.
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