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Things I Observed at the Cool House Tour Today

 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

June 4, 2012 at 1:46 am 1 comment

Rebates Made Easy

Here is a handy list of most of the energy rebates out there for City of Austin rebates

Continue Reading March 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Goodbye pink, hello tight …

Removing old pink insulation …

Continue Reading February 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

Here’s the dirt on Austin soils

Just stumbled upon this great article on Austin soils and how to garden well. Skip Richter, National Gardening Association Regional Editor, says the secret is not a green thumb; it’s the soil. If you are going to create a new garden or if you have just never really been able to get things to grow well in your yard, start with the soil … and read this article first: http://gardeninglaunchpad.com/article/austinsoil.html

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December 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment

Rainwater 101: Trinity & Glen Rose Aquifers

The Glen Rose is the one that is in dire straights and all the older houses in Saddletree pump out of that one.

Continue Reading September 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm 1 comment

Diary of an Energy Audit

we were pretty sure our 1976 Northwest Hills home could use some efficiency improvements.

Continue Reading July 21, 2009 at 12:09 am 1 comment

Austin Energy Audit – 1st stats

85% of homes are leaking above the “10% or less” that is considered acceptable for energy efficiency

Continue Reading June 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm 1 comment

Energy Audit Observations

sample energy audit report, advice for sellers regarding the energy audit, austin real estate energy audit, buyers and the energy audit

Continue Reading June 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm 1 comment

Northwest Hills Greenbelt

Anyone for a hike?  Austin is full of greenbelts and how sweet to have one in my own backyard.  I live on what I consider the first hill of the hill country.  If you take Steck west past Mesa, Steck ends at Adirondack.  I live on that greenbelt which is actually a park called Steck Valley Park.  No one really knows it is a park except the  neighborhood as it is not marked and the trails are marginally established.

So today, a sunny 70 degree January day, we took a hike down through the greenbelt and followed it all the way to 360.  We are in a draught in Austin but we were very happy to find some fresh water down there (a couple small active springs) to help out the wildlife.

Here a few shorty videos we shot on the hike:


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January 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

5-star Green and Stewardship

I met Matt Risinger today.  Matt is a 5-star green builder in Austin – Risinger Homes.  Matt’s new build on Matthews in Tarrytown was on the AIA tour earlier this month.  Pretty darn fabulous.  Of the 9 homes we toured (we missed 2), it was one of our favorites as far as layout, material choice, and street appeal.  And it had the best wine cellar on the tour.

 

Matt was a builder in DC and Portland before landing in Austin in 2005.  Risinger Homes focus is green, luxury and central Austin so if that is your profile, put Matt on your list. 

 

Matt says green is about “high performance” and stewardship of our resources and planet … all, in my opinion, without skimping on design.

 

www.risingerhomes.com

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October 15, 2008 at 11:06 pm Leave a comment

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