Category Archives: energy

Heating the Homestead

Most of the time we heat our house from the electricity grid.  Yawn, I know. Passive solar does the trick on rare, glorious sunny Seattle days, but the rest of the time we use an efficient ductless heat pump for … Continue reading

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Keeping the Hot Tub Hot

This fall I wrote about our insulation woes and our high electric bill.  Although we built storm windows, “…our electric bill did not go down appreciably. But that is another story…” This is that other story. We have lived in … Continue reading

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The Warm Fuzzy of Insulation

Last month we got a letter from our electric utility.  We are at the “100% percentile for electricity use among neighbours with houses similar to ours”. That’s the bad end of the spectrum. Of course, we don’t have any neighbours … Continue reading

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