Off-Grid Workshop

We had a great get together of homeowners living off-grid and others who might want to some day.

Five people shared their experiences living off-grid or preparing to live off-grid. Here are some notes I took on their experiences:

Ground Source Heat Pumps

A few weeks back we had a very interesting workshop discussion that included the opportunity to hear from two home-owners with ground source heat pumps, also known as a geothermal system.

The basic idea is that the earth’s temperature anywhere below about 6 feet is a fairly constant at around 50F. It doesn’t matter if the outside temperature is 0F or 90F, the ground and the ground water temperature will be about 50F.

Long, Cold Winter Blues

It’s been one of the coldest, snowiest winters that I can recall. Despite all of that downright balmy-for-February weather they prattled on about during the Super Bowl, it’s yet another cold day here in the northeast.

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78 Main St – 2 years later, Insulation

78 Main St

78 Main St

I love my house. It’s comfortable. It’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I continually look for ways to improve the energy systems, the windows (the least efficient part of my house), the heat distribution, but for the most part, the house functions really well and costs me very little or no money to run.