Induction cooktops respond quickly, avoid gas combustion, are tops in energy efficiency, and limit risk of burns.
Our induction cooktop blends in well with our matt-black Richlite countertop. Click to enlarge.Photo Credit: Alex Wilson
Why we opted for electric water heating over a solar water heater.
by Alex Wilson
As we build more energy-efficient houses, particularly when we go to extremes with insulation and air tightness, as with Passive House projects, water heating becomes a larger and larger share of overall energy consumption (see Solar Thermal Hot Water, Heating, and Cooling).
One of the features in our new house that I’m most excited about barely raises an eyebrow with some of our visitors: the ventilation system. I believe we have the highest-efficiency heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) on the market—or at least it’s right up there near the top.