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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Energy Efficient House

Radiant cooling and hangar progress

September 15, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated September 19, 2019

Mid-September update on the hangar. Most of the site work is done. The site crew had to import crushed stone and bigger gravel for the taxiway and apron. Without it, the trucks kept sinking into the sand. We are waiting until after the outside of the building is done before we pave. They dug up […]

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Hangar progress: foundation

August 31, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated September 17, 2019

Making some progress on the hangar. By beginning of September, the foundation was in and most of the site prep was done. We knew the utility lines to the house would be going straight through the hangar foundation. The one unexpected hiccup, was we had lots of loam on our property, and not so much […]

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Land clearing for a hangar

August 9, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated September 17, 2019

It’s been 9 years now that we have lived beside a runway, and we are finally going to build our own hangar. A big thanks to Jack Belletete, a friend of Tyson’s family and a pilot, for helping us with the building design and putting us in contact with contractors. The loggers started clearing the […]

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Fall Traditions

Emilie Phillips
updated November 7, 2018

This past weekend we started on our fall chores. Firewood First, we stacked wood. Usually we cut and stack wood, but this year we hadn’t set any green wood to dry in the spring, so I ordered wood. Simply stacking takes a lot less time than cutting, hauling, splitting, and stacking. Tyson and I stacked […]

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Solar Panel Temperature Sensor Replacement

September 30, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated October 3, 2018

Our temperature sensors for our solar hot water panels failed. This is the first repair we’ve needed to do on our roof and it was quite a puzzle figuring out how to get up there. Here’s a video showing the process: To install the new thermistors, Tyson removed all the old insulation and tape, and […]

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First Year Net Zero

Emilie Phillips
updated April 11, 2017

Our PV solar panels have been installed for a year. We generated 10.75MWh of electricity. Our utility meter says we sold 7,373kWh of that back to the grid. And we used 6,880kWh from the grid. So net, we used 490kWh less than we produced! Our load is dreadfully mismatched with production. We are shipping 3/4 […]

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Green web hosting

Emilie Phillips
updated April 1, 2017

We all need to do our part to prevent global warming. According to this report from 2015: Datacentre web servers, such as those used by Google and Facebook, to blame for 2% of greenhouse gas emissions – about the same as air travel As my little step towards improving the planet, I have switched this […]

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Heating Season

October 20, 2016
Emilie Phillips
updated October 20, 2016

October 1st we turned the radiant heat on in the sand high mass collector. There’s a delicate balance between turning it on early enough so the sun is still heating the hot water panels on the roof, but not so early that we overheat the house. The one year I turned the sand on at […]

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We designed our own energy efficient house. We posted lots of updates while the house was being built, but since then there hasn’t been much to say. Checkout our overview of construction techniques.

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