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Description:

Addition to house included installing solar thermal collectors on the roof to provide a portion of our hot water heating needs. House heated by evacuated tube solar hot water panels and by high-efficiency condensing propane boiler with individually-controlled panel radiators. Domestic hot water heated by evacuated tube solar hot water panels with high-efficiency condensing propane boiler as backup

Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:

House also has a 3.1 KW grid-tied PV system. Addition is 2x6 construction with R-21 fiberglass insulation in walls and R-49 blown in cellulose in ceiling. Walls are all painted with low or no-VOC paint. Hardwood floors are FSC-certified. CFLs throughout. Double-cell insulated window blinds. Cedar and Ipe decking. Rain barrels used catch roof runoff and are used to water gardens/lawn. Solar electric fencing around chicken coop and apiary. Energy Star Appliances

My Motivation:

Our primary motivation was to produce clean energy - but we likely would not have done it without the substantial rebates and credits that were available.

Experience with Installer:

Our experience with the solar hot water installer was very good. They had done this type of system before.

Open House Info:

From Greenfield area: Take Route 2 East for 14 miles, then bear right onto Rt. 2A. After 0.7 miles take right over Wendell Depot bridge and continue on Wendell Depot Rd. for 1.4 miles. Take left onto New Salem Rd. House is on right, about 500 ft. past Bullard Rd. Tan house with blue trim, large red barn/garage by road. From Boston: same as above, but take Route 2 West and take left onto Rt. 2A. From points south: Take Rt. 91 North to exit 24. Turn right onto Rts 5/10. At lights, take right onto Rt. 116 South. Go over Sunderland bridge and take a left at lights onto Rt. 47N. Follow for 4.5 miles. Take right onto Gunn Rd. At stop sign go straight across Rt. 63. At stop sign turn right onto North Leverett Rd. Follow past Lake Wyola. At stop sign turn left onto Lockes Village Road. Follow into Wendell. At common, take right onto Morse Village Rd. At bottom of hill go left onto New Salem Road (turns to dirt). Follow for ~1 mile. House is on left, before Bullard Rd.

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