Let’s stay in the kitchen for today!

This week we have talked about our kitchen and we mentioned:

  • Induction Cooking – very energy efficient!
  • Convection ovens – also very energy efficient!
  • Microwave Ovens – fast and efficient
  • Impingement Ovens – mostly commercial

Let’s stay in the kitchen one more day and look at how much Hot Water is used.  Throughout your home the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry are probably the biggest users of Hot Water.

Combustion appliances, good idea?

Our very very distant cousin Zog who has been featured in many a cartoon lived in a Cartoon Cave as a Cave man.  Remember him?

Well, Zog would cook his food in the cave over an open fire, that might have been considered clever back in the day but now that we have modern kitchens and modern appliances why are we still cooking our food over an open fire?  Seriously, think about this!

More about The Vermont Energy Code

We are wandering around The Vermont Energy Code and sharing with you some of the salient points but strongly suggest that you make yourself aware of what exactly is in our state’s Energy Code so that you will be an educated home owner, or home buyer, or home builder. The Energy Code is a good tool for you to use.

Here are a few random highlights:

Solid-State Lighting

Last week we talked about the finances surrounding the purchase/building of a new home.  This week we will focus on various energy saving components that in residential construction are rapidly becoming main stream.

The United States is the world leader in developing Solid State Lighting (SSL).  Most of us know Solid State Lighting as LED’s.

Is your house a healthy place to live?

Yesterday we talked about whether your home breathes or not.  Don’t forget – houses do not breathe, only you and every other animal breathe.

But, your home is super insulated and is built very tight so it needs fresh air so that other nasty things don’t live in your home; your home needs to be healthy - 

A dark and damp place is the perfect breeding ground for the growth of Mold and Mildew; both of which are living organisms that you do not want in your home!

More about an HRV

Yesterday we introduced you to the Heat Recovery Ventilator or HRV.  We can’t emphasize enough the vital role the HRV plays in the well-being and good health of your family.  Homes today are increasingly built better!  A new home in 2017 is a superior building that what you would typically have had in 2007, only ten years ago.  Energy efficiency has become so important that builders are constantly upgrading and improving the efficiency of their homes.  Further, state building codes, especially here in Vermont are rapidly expanding

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