Holliston LEED House

This is the story of a family who built the first LEED "green" house in Holliston, Massachusetts. We were trying to spend no more than it would take to build an ordinary house,and maybe even succeeded. The dust is still settling.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Utility economics 101


In our previous (2200 sq ft antique shown here), we had oil/steam heat, gas boiler with FHW in the carriage house, water bill, electric bill. In the new 2800 sq ft house, we will have higher electric bill (due to well, etc.), no water bill, small gas bill (just a little propane for stove and dryer and hot water heater), and IF we can swing geothermal—no heating bill. From around $600+ a month annualized in the old house to around $250-300, sweet. Maybe we won’t have to live on beer nuts after all (although I might want to).

We are exploring geothermal option with a one-hole open loop system that someone used in Narragansett, RI, but we’ll have to make sure it will work. Anxiously awaiting water testing results, due tomorrow, which will tell us a lot.

Currently sniffing around for quality kitchen cupboards in Mass. to be demo-ed, been looking on Craigslist and other places for possible targets for The Boss and Budman (who didn’t like his screen name so now we’ll call him Ironman, much more accurate by trade and strength). Of course, now that they’ve seen them work, GreenGoat has tapped our team for some deconstruction of their own… but we knew them when. You go.

1 Comments:

At September 29, 2008 at 10:20 AM , Blogger C said...

You should call this blog
Erin Go Green

 

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