Eric Thomas’ and Alexandra Salmon’s house is so green they probably should have chosen that color for the exterior. I wrote a story for the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Dec. 9 print edition on the Ballard couple’s “zero energy house,” which is, in theory, actually capable of producing more energy than it uses.
With 28 solar panels covering 70 percent of the roof of the modern, two-story home, the system can produce up to 6 kilowatt hours on a clear, sunny Seattle day. Although the city certainly doesn’t have 365 days of unadulterated sunshine and the system will on average pull in less than that, the system is nonetheless capable of meeting the energy-efficient home’s energy needs for most of the year. I wasn’t able to include the home’s many efficient — and sometimes quirky — details in the print story, so here’s a tour of some of its features.
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