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 […]

Check out the Green Idea House

If you like what we’re doing with the Net Zero Nest, you can fast forward to the end of another great green building project at the Green Idea House website.  Robert and Monica Fortunato took their house and poured their energy into rebuilding it as a demonstration net-zero home.  They incorporated many cutting-edge technologies, as well as many common sense ones, and created quite a splash with Ed Begley, Jr and […]

Germany’s Renewable Gamble

Germany’s Renewable Gamble

With our Net Zero Nest project, we are working to control our energy usage at the micro-local level, our own home. At the regional, national, and international level, there are many exciting and bold efforts to reduce GHG emissions by transforming the way electricity is produced. In Germany, this process is called Energiewende, or the energy transition.  According to a recent New York Times article, Ernergiewende amounts to a dramatic shift […]