Newer, well-insulated home. On-demand hot water with radiant floor heating for a super-comfortable home environment. Many other low- or no cost efficiencies such as solar orientation, windows, etc.
or more of hot water
or more of space heating
- Anne Burnham
- Single-Family Residence
- 109 Picketville Road , Parishville, NY 13672
- 1,700 sq ft
- Energy need met:
- 100% or more of hot water
- 100% or more of space heating
- Passive house
- Event Participation:
- NESEA Green Buildings Open House 2012 Host
- High Efficiency Hot Water
- January 2005
- To heat hot water
- For space heating
- Gross Cost of System:
- Net Cost of System:
- Annual Savings:
- Own or Lease:
- Cash Purchase
- Additional Financial Notes:
- Switching from wood heat to the propane boiler has saved more than money -- it saved my knees! Costs were part of building a new home, not a retrofit. Local materials kept the cost of new building down and saved on fuels - the lumber came from 8 miles away via bio-diesel truck.
Professionals & Suppliers
- Erik Schulze
- Erik Schulze
- Energy Auditors:
- Community Energy Services & NYSERDA (Energy Star-rated home)
What You Need to Know
On-demand propane hot water for radiant heat with wood for back-up and quick heat. Daylighting. Passive solar orientation. Super insulated. Super-efficient windows. Energy efficient light fixtures. Energy Star appliances. Local materials.
Radiant heat is very comfortable at lower temperatures. Daylighting is very good for moods - I'm happier in this house! It's cozy and has no drafts, and the natural light is wonderful for the winter blahs.
Some problems with the demand water heater, being resolved by the manufacturer. Clean and change filters on the air exchanger regularly (twice a year?)
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
Well driller said hard water required a simple filter that's changed every month or two, inexpensive and does the job well without softeners.
How could I not? I lived in a house I could not grow old in, with features like the "stairs of death." By building new I could incorporate these passive energy efficiencies that allow me to age comfortably in my home.
The best thing for an amateur to do is get a good builder! Our motto was "whatever's going to last at least 100 years."
Experience with Installer:
One contractor put many used parts in the boiler and that was not appropriate for something mechanical -- it's temporary, so don't do it! It's a waste of money and time. Other than that I loved Erik, my general contractor!
I had to have another structure on the land burn down to reveal the best sight on the land! I live on a lovely south facing hill in a much more comfortable way!
Open House Info:
Directions: Take Rt. 72 to Parishville, turn onto George St. and my road is the first R - house is one half mile up on a curve on the left. Available for Open House, hours of 10-3, on October 13th. Regional tour organizers: Local Living Venture. Go to www.sustainablelivingproject.net/green-home-tours for a complete listing of all homes in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.
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