Reduce your energy use first before you install renewables. The less energy you use, the less you need to make.
- Colrain, MA 01340
- 1,350 sq ft
- Energy need met:
- 75% to 99% of electricity
- 25% to 49% of hot water
- 25% to 49% of space heating
- Energy Efficiency
- January 2007
- Own or Lease:
- Cash Purchase
- Rural Development Inc
- Energy Auditors:
- Center for EcoTechnology
• Slab-on-grade insulated with continuous R-20 XPS • Double 2x4 wall system with R-40 dense cellulose • R-50+ attic insulation • Heat Mirror windows with U-values of 0.20 Btu/ft2hr°F • 100% ENERGY STAR lighting and appliances • 3.22-kW PV system • Evacuated tube thermal system for domestic water and space heating • Tankless propane water heater providing auxiliary space and water heating • Radiant floor heat
PV is maintenance free for over 5 years. Insulation is stable and worry free. The solar hot water and radiant floor system has required several visits from technicians to fix problems.
energy security and doing the right thing.
It's important to invest in reducing your energy consumption before you add renewable energy to any project. If building new, choose a builder with experience exceeding energy codes. If retrofitting, get an energy assessment first and find out how to reduce your energy use.
Open House Info:
Please carpool - parking is limited.
Single-Family Residence|Combined Heat & Power
Single-Family Residence|High Efficiency HVAC