Extra Footage from KTLA-5 News

We were honored to host Gayle Anderson and her Channel 5 News truck at our house in June.  Gayle is a dynamo, working without a Producer, without a script, and switching seamlessly from talking to people in front of her to briefing the anchors in the studio on what’s coming next.  Her pink iPhone is all she needs to coordinate her broadcasts, and she and her cameraman edit the footage […]

Hot Water: There’s Lots of Energy in that Tank!

Hot Water: There’s Lots of Energy in that Tank!

Because hot water is such a big part of our overall energy load, we designed our plumbing system to minimize the energy required for our every-day uses. We purposely located several hot water usage points in close proximity. We located the water heater next to two heavily used bathrooms so that they will get instantaneous hot water (due to a very short plumbing run). And we are sizing our PEX […]

Gas versus Electric

Gas versus Electric

Most houses are “dual fuel”, meaning in our case that some systems run on natural gas, and others run on electricity.  Typically, gas is used for cooktops, heating water, space heating, and drying clothes.  Electricity is used for space cooling, ovens, washing machines, dishwashers, and everything else in the house.   In designing our net-zero energy house, our goal is to produce enough energy on-site to cover both electric and […]