Almost Passive House

Almost Passive House is a blog about a new build project in the US. They are obviously trying to achieve much the same thing as we are with Westacre. I found then through a Google search for lighting, but they also seem to have useful information on heat-recovery ventilation.

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  1. Andrea said,

    7 August, 2012 @ 19:06

    Thanks for the link!

    Before you spend a lot of money on LEDs, be sure to read our follow-up post:

    http://vermontpassive.com/2012/05/stepping-back-temporarily-from-leds

    The main point is that LED lighting technology is changing quickly, so don’t invest a lot right now in bulbs that will soon be replaced by something cheaper and better.

    Incidentally, now that we’re starting to live in the house, I’m finding that we don’t need quite as much light as I thought. We pre-wired several areas for future LED strip lighting, but wall sconces and well-placed recessed cans are quite adequate. Our space is very open, with light-colored walls, floors, and ceilings, so the light travels better than I expected.

    The only bulbs we’ve purchased so far are inexpensive A19 LED replacement lamps. The Philips EnduraLED (also called AmbientLED) is a perfect substitute for an incandescent bulb as long as it’s hidden by a shade (it’s bright yellow when off), and the GE LED replacement lamp (http://www.amazon.com/62180-9-Watt-Soft-White-Light/dp/B004GTN0RQ) is less warm than the Philips but also nice. With energy-efficiency rebates they cost us $12.50 and $9 (USD) respectively.

  2. John said,

    5 March, 2013 @ 01:47

    If you have a large body of water close by you could look into these solar panels.

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