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Earth Day and the month of April present great opportunities for home owners to plan for a planet-friendly abode.  Whether you are considering a major construction project, landscaping that supports benficial wildlife, an electric vehicle purchase, or anything in between, the 2017 NW Green Home Tour is an excellent source of inspiration and information.  Our NZEB Certified home will be on the tour again this year with some more improvements, including a sustainable tiny bathroom remodel and enhanced rain-water collection system.
Here are some of the features you can explore:
  • Four photovoltaic systems totaling 8.8 kW, including emergency power
  • 2.1 kW Solar water heating system (now 28 years old)
  • Data, data, data from 12 channels monitoring energy production & consumption
  • Radiant heating (in-floor, in-wall, & cast-iron)
  • Heat pump water heater for space heating & heat recovery ventilation (cost = 0$)
  • Walls – R-30, R-34, R40, with no thermal bridging
  • Attic – R-57+, keeps the summer heat out, too
  • Reclaimed Low-E windows
  • Passive solar heating
  • Extensive air-sealing; no hot and cold spots
  • High-efficiency refrigerator & washer/dryer
  • Shower drain heat recovery
  • Massive use of reclaimed materials
  • LED & CFL lighting (on & off grid)
  • Two EV charging stations (6 kW & 10 kW)
  • 1,300 gallon pressurized rainwater system
  • Chicken coop and edible garden
Come on over and bring your questions.  We will be on hand to tell all.

About the author


Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects. Join my circles on G+

Jeremy Smithson

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