The Puget Sound Business Journal ran a great article about the house last week, but it’s only available to subscribers for the first 30 days. However, the reporter, Bethany Overland, wrote an accompanying blog post with photo gallery that discusses some of the “quirky” features that help make our house so efficient (and save us money).
We’ve been really excited about all the press that the house has gotten over the last couple of weeks, and we’re hoping that people reading these stories will be inspired to build a zero energy house themselves, or just add additional insulation and energy-saving features to an existing home.
Solar-powered Seattle home uses clever, quirky ways to be green
by Bethany Overland
Date: Friday, December 9, 2011, 5:09pm PST
Eric Thomas‘ and Alexandra Salmon’s house is so green they probably should have chosen that color for the exterior. I wrote a story for the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Dec. 9 print edition on the Ballard couple’s “zero energy house,” which is, in theory, actually capable of producing more energy than it uses.
With 28 solar panels covering 70 percent of the roof of the modern, two-story home, the system can produce up to 6 kilowatt hours on a clear, sunny Seattle day. Although the city certainly doesn’t have 365 days of unadulterated sunshine and the system will on average pull in less than that, the system is nonetheless capable of meeting the energy-efficient home’s energy needs for most of the year. I wasn’t able to include the home’s many efficient — and sometimes quirky — details in the print story, so here’s a tour of some of its features.