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Passive solar heated farmhouse on an organic farm with solar hot water, thermal mass, and solar electric with a battery backup.

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Stone and stucco siding, thermal mass concrete walls. attic fan, 2 ft. overhangs on the southern exposure for summer shading. Garage and Portico on western exposure to diminish northwest winds in winter & afternoon solar overheating in summer. All of our new appliances are Energy Star rated. Fluorescent Lighting This home is on tour at other times of the year, this year for Earth Day check out this page: The home's annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are 5,348 lb. less because of the installation of the solar electric system. The French Country home design demonstrates that any style home can be adapted to take advantage of free solar heating and domestic hot water. Homes Across America features the home at the following address: <A TARGET="_blank" HREF=""></A> Recipient of The 2005 Energy Star for Small Business Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency Stewardship and The 2006 Energy Star Award for Small Business Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency.

Maintenance Requirements:

The batteries for the electric backup were replaced this Spring.

Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:

Daylighting, Sunspace

My Motivation:

For the environment, to save money, to live in a comfortalbe home

Open House Info:

Please call ahead for directions. 908-788-6864. Best times to reach us is between 8 am - 12 pm and 6 pm - 9 pm. We have 2 cats & a dog that will be in the garage during the tour. The house is situated on an organic wild herb farm and will be shown from 1 to 4 PM. Informative solar movies will be shown from 2pm-4pm. Open from 1 pm - 4 pm.

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