Energy efficiency is probably the most important step in building a sustainable home. Our timber frame, enclosed with energy efficient structural insulated panels, is off to a great start in living up to its “energy efficient” label.
Our first electric bill arrived with the grand total of $38.49. Power tools were still being used to do “punch list” items and we ran the dishwasher much more than usual to clean up dishes that we’d stored in the barn (and the novelty of having a dishwasher again after 12 years without one).
We have fluorescent bulbs in most fixtures (and most fixtures are Energy Star rated), not one incandescent bulb in the house, Energy Star rated appliances and heat pump. Our on demand water heater is propane, but we expect the cost to operate that to be minimal. We have more windows than a typical home and a west facing window wall. We didn’t use the air conditioner much, but the house is so comfortable that we don’t need it.
We will be posting our power bills monthly, so you can help us keep track of our savings.
Timber frames and structural insulated panels present a great opportunity to build a home that will not only be beautiful, but will conserve energy long term.
David and I are excited about this opportunity to live in a new home that “sits gently on the land” … and saves us money.