Things I Observed at the Cool House Tour Today

June 4, 2012 at 1:46 am 1 comment

 cool house

  • A 2,000 gallon rainwater tank, galvanized, is a beautiful thing
  • Federal tax credits for energy efficiency are worthy of more research (did Congress extend the bunch that expired the end of 2011?)
  • We should look into geothermal
  • Utility bills consistently under $100 are doable
  • Take your utility savings & apply that to your mortgage premium
  • Off-the-grid as a retirement / fixed-income strategy
  • Take advantage of prevailing winds, build that in to the design
  • Carports are in
  • Carports with a garage door are brilliant; it’s like a skort, an illusion hiding some functionality   
  • Micro-manage the tree removal process; owner on-site
  • The Mini Cooper is good in a crowd

Here is the Statesman photo collection for the event:  http://galleries.statesman.com/gallery/cool-house-tour-053112/#538658

Some favs:

Cool House Tour 060312 005 Cool Homes Tour 060312 014 KDavisEMFranklin0712 SkortStorage

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  • 1. Colleen  |  July 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Wow, this is an awesome post. We’re glad to see such green buildings and initiatives in Austin! At Sunfield we are trying to capture that as well with our community garden.

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