I’ve started a list of good ideas that come about if we rethink the functions and interplay of our home and its neighborhood. So far I’ve got 29 killer (If I do say so myself) ideas. The first 7 are home oriented, the last 22 are more neighborhood oriented. Add your ideas to the list via the comment area!
5. Lower Heating and Cooling Bills
A dollar saved is a dollar earned! Increase the R-value (insulation) in the walls and ceiling, so there is little need for heat. Waste heat from the refrigerator, lights, computers, solar panel on roof, or wood burning stove, can heat the home if your insulation is high, and there are few air leaks.
A tight house requires fresh air heat recovery exchange venting. These are clever devices exhaust stale air, but, in the winter time, transfer the heat to the fresh air coming in. In the summer, the cool of the inside air is transferred to the fresh hotter air as it comes into the house.